Chinese restaurant syndrome

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Chinese restaurant syndrome

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(Pathology) a group of symptoms such as dizziness, headache, and flushing thought to be caused in some people by consuming large amounts of monosodium glutamate, esp as used in Chinese food
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Noun1.Chinese restaurant syndrome - headache and tingling or burning feelings and sweating caused by eating food that contains monosodium glutamate
syndrome - a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease
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Potential food triggers listed in his book include caffeine, chocolate, nitrites in processed meats and fish, dairy products, nuts, alcohol, vinegar, citrus fruits, aspartame, fresh yeast-risen baked goods, and MSG (see "MSG Allergy" at right.) Some preventive medications are the antidepressant Pamelor and the antihypertensive drugs verapamil and diltiazem.