Because it is a salt-based food additive, MSG also causes water retention and swelling. People with arthritis should avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately, it can be sneaky. MSG shows up in lots of processed foods like salad dressings, fast food, deli meat, and soup mixes.
It’s not just in Asian takeout – in fact, it’s hardly ever found there anymore. But if you’ve accidentally ingested some MSG and are feeling the results in your joints, eating some ginger can be a good natural remedy. It works in both powdered and fresh form.