Some Pringles have MSG while others do not. This article will help you determine the flavors that have MSG and the ones that do not. Let’s quickly get into the information!
Pringles & Added MSG
You can tell if a product has MSG by reviewing its ingredients. The manufacturer is required to list MSG as “Monosodium Glutamate” in the list of ingredients on the label if the product contains it as an added ingredient.
Most Pringles have added MSG as shown in the table below. The products without added MSG are primarily Original flavors with the exception of Salt & Vinegar.
|Flavor||Added MSG? (Yes or No)|
|Sour Cream & Onion||Yes|
|Cheddar & Sour Cream||Yes|
|Salt & Vinegar||No|
|Parmesan & Roasted Garlic||Yes|
|Scorchin’ Chili & Lime||Yes|
|Scorchin’ Wavy Loaded Nachos||Yes|
|Scorchin’ Sour Cream & Onion||Yes|
|Wavy Applewood Smoked Cheddar||Yes|
|Wavy Classic Salted||No|
|Wavy Fire Roasted Jalapeno||Yes|
|Wavy Sweet & Spicy BBQ||Yes|
|Wavy White Cheddar||Yes|
|Original Lightly Salted||No|
|Original Reduced Fat||No|
The table above only reflects whether a Pringles product has added Monosodium Glutamate. Be aware that some ingredients may contain natural glutamate and may not be suitable for people sensitive to it.
Why Do Pringles Have Added MSG?
MSG is added to foods for flavoring. It provides a savory flavor and often helps reduce the need for more salt. In addition to snack foods, it’s commonly found in seasonings, soups, dressings, condiments, and processed meat. MSG has been used for over 100 years and was invented in Japan by a biochemist.
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MSG Is Safe?
The FDA states that MSG is “generally recognized as safe”. Countless people consume MSG daily without any health issues of note.
However, health authorities acknowledge that some people may be sensitive to it and experience mild symptoms such as headache, numbness, nausea, and flushing. Research, however, has yet to link MSG with the symptoms reported by people through the years.
You should discontinue eating foods with MSG, like most Pringles, if you suspect they are causing health problems. Furthermore, be sure to review the ingredients on the product label if consuming MSG is a concern for you. Ingredients can change without notice and the label will provide the most accurate information.
Bratskeir, Kate. “Health Debunked: Is MSG Really Bad for You? – Goodrx.” GoodRx Health, 23 June 2021, https://www.goodrx.com/well-being/diet-nutrition/is-msg-bad-for-you.