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# Those afflicted with a food allergy to MSG develop severe

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Those afflicted with a food allergy to MSG develop severe headaches after ingesting even small quantities of MSG; those not afflicted with the food allergy to MSG may suffer from a headache if they eat food containing a very large dose of MSG. Although unadulterated MSG is flavorless, when present in the same dish with salt, it has a slight but distinct metallic aftertaste, which can alert the knowledgeable diner to its presence. If a person not afflicted with a food allergy to MSG suffers a severe headache shortly after a restaurant dinner, what are the possible cause(s) of the headache:

A) very large amount of MSG in the dinner.

B) very large amount of MSG in the dinner, some unknown cause, or both.

C) very large amount of MSG mixed with salt in the dinner.

D) very large amount of salt in the dinner.

E) metallic residue in the dinner.
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10 Jul 2004, 05:10
(B).. FA

those not afflicted with the food allergy to MSG may suffer from a headache if they eat food containing a very large dose of MSG

may is used, so we can not say definitely this is the reason.
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10 Jul 2004, 09:46
I would also go with A. This is a wild one indeed. 2 min.
From what I understand, salt is used only for detection purposes because it makes MSG have a metallic taste. C and D are out. There is no mention about metallic residue; just metallic taste. E is out. B is more conservative than A as it leaves open the possibility of another cause for the severe headache.
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10 Jul 2004, 10:05
oops, I meant B as my explanation supported B. Typo
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10 Jul 2004, 12:07
I am still not convinced why C is wrong. I am with C.

salt made it flavorless, thus even a connoisseur can't make out. large dose-->normal person-->headache
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10 Jul 2004, 13:27
Hi there guys,

It's been a long time

Here's what the argument boils down to:

Allergic: Small Quantities -> Severe Headaches
Not Allergic: Very Large Dose -> ~= Headache
MSG & Salt -> Metallic Aftertaste - this is simply to confuse you

X -> Not Allergic & Severe Headache

Hence B.
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10 Jul 2004, 21:48
Vow Ob..

yes ..

OA is B.
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