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A cross-sectional study on understanding and attitude of peri-urban Malaysians towards monosodium glutamate use

Rajiah, Kingston and Jamshed, Shazia Qasim and Tee, Jeleine and Kar, Mun Yong and Ahmad Zahdi, Yusra and Ling, Wong Ia (2018) A cross-sectional study on understanding and attitude of peri-urban Malaysians towards monosodium glutamate use. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences. pp. 1-5. ISSN 2452-3151 E-ISSN 2452-3151 (In Press)

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The aim of this research was to explore the understanding of peri-urban Malaysians toward monosodium glutamate (MSG) use and their attitude toward its use and whether there were any correlations among the respondents' understanding, attitude, and their demographic profile. This was a cross-sectional study which involved 600 respondents. The respondents were conveniently approached and recruited from Gurun and Jitra, in Kedah region and Kampung Lemal, Kampung Cherang Hangus, Pasir Mas, and Rantau Panjang, in Kelantan region. Information about the understanding and attitude of peri-urban Malaysians toward MSG use were collected using an interview-administered structured questionnaire. The study incorporated an interviewer so that the uneducated were not left out and also to reduce the non-response rate. Slightly more than half of the respondents (53%) were aware that there are only a few unwanted effects attributed to the consumption of MSG. This showed a significant association with the age of respondents (p = .014), with 41.5 percent (out of 53%) from the age group above 35 years. A significant association was also noted between income and the bad effects caused by MSG consumption (p = .016) with a high propensity among those earning below MYR 2,000. This study revealed a relatively high percentage of respondents who were using or had previously used MSG. Significant associations were found between respondent's income and their understanding of MSG, with the higher income respondents having a better understanding.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6803/63968
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitude, monosodium glutamate (MSG), peri-urban Malaysians, understanding
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr Shazia Jamshed
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 14:56
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 14:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/63968

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