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What Is Glutamic Acid & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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3D-model of Glutamic acid (src)

Glutamic acid is a common neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.

Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid.

Non-essential means that can be made by humans in the body when needed.

Industrial synthesis of glutamic acid is produced on the largest scale of any amino acid.

Glutamic acid is often used as a food additive and flavor enhancer in the form of its sodium salt, known as monosodium glutamate, MSG.

Glutamic Acid In The Body

Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid. The body synthesize it in the body into glutamic acid that transforms into glutamate. (source )

Glutamate is very important in cellular metabolism.

Dietary proteins are broken down by digestion into amino acids, which becomes metabolic fuel for important roles in the body. (source )

Glutamate has flavor-promoting properties that have evolved into a specific taste receptor, leading to the definition of “umami” as our fifth basic taste. (source )

Foods You Can Find Glutamic Acid In

You find Glutamic Acid mostly in legume, nut and seed, dairy and egg, american indian and alaska native food products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Cottonseed Flour
  • Cottonseed Meal
  • Soy Protein Concentrate
  • Sunflower Seed Flour
  • Egg White
  • Sesame Flour

Foods That Contain Glutamic Acid In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

If you are interested in what foods contain the most Glutamic Acid we recommend you visit our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain Glutamic Acid.

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Niemelä

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.