Food And Drink - Other
My Perfect Entrecote

Assessing Accent Meat Tenderizer Product Review

My Perfect Entrecote
Linda Ann Nickerson's image for:
"Assessing Accent Meat Tenderizer Product Review"
Caption: My Perfect Entrecote
Image by: FotoosVanRobin - from Netherlands
© Creative Commons Attribution - Share-Alike 3.0 Generic License

Assessing Accent Meat Tenderizer

Accent Meat Tenderizer is a flavor-enhancing product that has long been used to improve the taste and tenderness of steaks, hamburgers and other meats. Instead of taking time to marinate meat or to pound or poke it for tenderizing, many cooks have chosen to streamline the process by sprinkling their meats with Accent meat tenderizer.

What is the main ingredient of Accent Meat Tenderizer?

Essentially, Accent Meat Tenderizer (and similar products) is powdered monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a widely used food additive that has raised red flags among human health experts for decades.

Accent Meat Tenderizer, which usually comes in shaker containers, is extremely high in sodium. That means any beef, chicken, fish, pork, turkey, venison or other meat that is seasoned and tenderized with Accent Meat Tenderizer will also be extremely sodium-rich. Many individuals have health conditions that dictate low-sodium diets.

Excessive consumption of sodium may exacerbate such conditions as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney disease, liver disease and more. Scientists are even exploring potential links between too much sodium (or salt) in the diet and cancer.

Considering the risks of Accent Meat Tenderizer’s high monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sodium contents, consumers might wonder whether the convenience of this product outweighs its potential health hazards.

What’s wrong with M.S.G.?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) has traditionally been used as a flavor enhancing additive in foods. Traditionally, monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been a staple in Chinese foods, as well as many packaged pastas, rices, soups and spiced snack foods. For example, barbecued potato chips and seasoned snack chips often contain whopping levels of monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) may also be found in prepared gravies and sauces.

Basically, monosodium glutamate (MSG) accentuates the human central nervous system’s response to foods by tricking the taste buds in the mouth into sensing flavors more intensely. Simply put, monosodium glutamate (MSG) shifts the sense of taste into overdrive.

At the same time, monosodium glutamate (MSG) can cause several undesirable and even unsafe symptoms, particularly in susceptible individuals. responses to monosodium glutamate (MSG) may include chest pains, diarrhea, dizziness, facial pressure, headaches, nausea, numbness, shortness of breath, sweating, tingling and more.

Individuals with neurological conditions (such as epilepsy, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and others) may be especially vulnerable to the negative effects of monosodium glutamate (MSG). Physicians commonly warn women to avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Many folks find that their to monosodium glutamate (MSG) actually increase with frequent consumption of the food additive.

What are the alternatives to using Accent Meat Tenderizer?

Health-conscious cooks may choose several alternatives, rather than sprinkling Accent Meat Tenderizer on their fish, poultry or meats. These dishes may be prepared by marinating overnight, using a healthy, low-sodium recipe. Burgers, chops, filets and steaks may be tenderized physically by poking or pounding (with perhaps a few choice spices).

Of course, better quality meats do not require any tenderizing at all. Perhaps the added expense of these choice portions may be worth the cost, when consumers’ health is considered.

Why accentuate food flavoring artificially, with chemicals such as Accent Meat Tenderizer, when the best meats can be prepared for delicious meals with great recipes and natural ingredients for healthy eating?

More about this author: Linda Ann Nickerson

From Around the Web