Monosodium Glutamate Intake, Dietary Patterns and Asthma in Chinese Adults

Zumin Shi, Baojun Yuan, Gary Wittert, Xiaoqun Pan, Yue Dai, Robert Adams, Anne W. Taylor

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Objectives: Emerging evidence shows that diet is related to asthma. The aim of this analysis was to investigate the association between monosodium glutamate (MSG) intake, overall dietary patterns and asthma.

Methods: Data from 1486 Chinese men and women who participated in the Jiangsu Nutrition Study (JIN) were analyzed. In this study, MSG intake and dietary patterns were quantitatively assessed in 2002. Information on asthma history was collected during followed-up in 2007.

Results: Of the sample, 1.4% reported ever having asthma. MSG intake was not positively associated with asthma. There was a significant positive association between 'traditional' (high loadings on rice, wheat flour, and vegetable) food pattern and asthma. No association between 'macho' (rich in meat and alcohol), 'sweet tooth' (high loadings on cake, milk, and yoghurt) 'vegetable rich' (high loadings on whole grain, fruit, and vegetable) food patterns and asthma was found. Smoking and overweight were not associated with asthma in the sample.

Conclusion: While a 'Traditional' food pattern was positively associated with asthma among Chinese adults, there was no significant association between MSG intake and asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere51567
Number of pages6
JournalPLoS One
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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'Copyright: © 2012 Shi et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.'


  • Chinese adults
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Asthma
  • dietary patterns


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