Social Media Campaign Seeks to Rewrite ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ Definition

Merriam-Webster.com lists ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ as a real illness that has been around since 1968.

  • Published 14 January 2020

This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.

A social media campaign backed by a Japanese seasonings company is targeting the persistent idea that Chinese food is packed with MSG and can make you sick. So entrenched is the notion in American culture, it shows up in the dictionary: Merriam-Webster.com lists “Chinese restaurant syndrome” as a real illness that has been around since 1968. But much of the mythology around the idea has been debunked: monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, shows up… Read at AP News