Then she asked if I used Sazon or Adobo in my food, to which I replied "of course, I do," I mean what good Puerto Rican cook doesn't, right? That's when her tsk-tsking began - I went home and checked the labels and found that my adobo was obscenely high in sodium and that my sazon was not only high in salt but also contained a lot of MSG.
I did make an attempt to not use those products and my dinner turned out badly, the food was bland and missing it usual sabrosura.
I, then bought the new reduced sodium Adobo, and the "natural" Sazon to my dismay however, both products are very high in MSG. Now while some argue that MSG is not harmful, i.e., Wikipedia, it does note here as well that MSG has an addictive type of quality (read: crack) that has induced obesity in lab rats.
I also found this which doesn't seem like a very credible read but if you want to be petrified, then feel free to check it out: http://www.msgtruth.org/
Not cool, man!
And, I welcome you to join me! So in that light, I'm adding some DIY seasoning recipes with no preservatives (and better for your wallet too).
Latino garlic-pepper-vinegar marinade
Puerto Rican adobo powder
Puerto Rican green sofrito
I'm sure that if you google these condiments you will find an array of ethnically customized versions of all the above.
So get in the kitchen, have fun and stay healthy!