Sorry to hear about your and your husband's MSG reactions. And I am really
sorry to hear that you suspect it came from Olive Garden. This is very disheartening news because, as Mick stated earlier, I react to MSG severely. Olive Garden is the only chain restaurant that I consider safe (except for their soups, as you already know).
Chicken Parmesan. The only thing that I can think that might be the culprit here is the amount of Parmesan. The different websites that I have read say that Parmesan has a very high amount of Glutamate, or Free Glutamate, depending on the website. I have Parmesan on my salad and entries, but this is in moderation, not an entire dish. It's different than tomatoes or mushroom because they are "nature grown". All cheeses are processed in some way. And anytime man has the chance to dabble with the process of anything, that item has the chance of containing un-natural Glutamates. I also wonder if the recipe for Olive Garden's Chicken Parmesan
calls for other cheeses - especially by-product cheeses. I have noticed lasagna recipes throughout the internet calling for cheeses that are in fact cheese by-products. These items are not guaranteed MSG reaction getters according to known websites, but the processing for these items calls for hydrolysis and autolysis which are red flags to any MSG sufferer.
I know this, when Mick and I go to Olive Garden, I'll get the Chicken Parmesan. It will be interesting to find out if I react to it. I will also do more research on the internet in the meantime.
Also, what Olive Garden's did you and your husband visit? It might be interesting to find out if the Olive Garden's is chain-owned or independently-owned.
I hope our replies are helpful and I look forward to hearing from you.
I have had a few waiters and waitresses share with me some backroom secrets. They have told me that the base for their salad dressing is Newman's Own
. I do have their salads and I am not shy about getting that last olive in the bottom of the bowl. So far, I have not reacted to the dressing. On their website, the only ingredient in the Caesar Dressing that sends up any flags is Xanthan Gum. This ingredient is on the "sometimes" list. In dressing or maybe even hot chocolate, there might not be a reaction. For me, it is when it is in toothpaste that I get a reaction. That is where the "sometimes" fits into play.
to the City!!!