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Sodium reduction

Sodium reduction

Americans consume far more sodium than experts recommend - and with an estimated 75% of the average consumer's intake coming from packaged foods, industry has come under pressure to reformulate. Apart from compensating for the functional attributes of salt, the major challenge for manufacturers is to reduce sodium without reducing consumer flavor acceptance.

Flavor Trends

Bitter emerges as a new flavor trend that could aid sodium reduction efforts

Increasing consumer interest in bitter flavors could help manufacturers regain momentum on sodium reduction initiatives, many of which are stalled due to the common perception that less salt equals less...

The Hacker’s Diet: Should we be looking at nutrition like a computer nerd?

The age of Silicon Valley and Digi-everything has seen the dawn of a new diet trend: ‘Biohacking’.

New ICL ingredients make Taco Tuesday healthier, fresher

ICL showcased several new ingredients that can reduce sodium, improve moisture and clean cheese labels in a pairing of “Picasso Tacos” and “Masterpiece Margaritas” at the Institute of Food Technologists’...

Culinary trend spotting

Millennials are driving snack sales growth & reshaping how Americans eat, Euromonitor says

Sales of snacks account for a whopping 40% of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow 2% annually through 2019, thanks in large part to...

Health experts debate the role of exercise, food and marketing in the obesity epidemic

An editorial in an academic journal has reignited the debate over the extent to which a poor diet – and the marketing tactics employed by the food industry – is...

Joint compliance with WHO sodium and potassium goals is ‘close to zero’, reveals study

Analysis of dietary intake data* in the USA, Mexico, the UK and France has revealed that meeting World Health Organization (WHO) targets for potassium and sodium - but at the...

Thinking outside the can: Fig Food’s soup pouches are eye-catching and environmentally-friendly

Fig Food Inc.’s low-sodium, locally-sourced, vegan soups and cooked beans are not only healthy for consumers, but thanks to their eye-catching, BPA-free pouches they also are healthy for the earth...

Grocers rearrange stores to better position healthy foods, FMI survey finds

As consumers’ understanding of food as a health management tool expands, retailers nationwide are changing how they stock and promote products to better drive sales and be considered a wellness...

Salt of the Earth launches sodium-reduction ingredient that preserves clean finished food labels

Salt of the Earth’s new Umami-Essence Sea Salt can help food manufacturers reduce sodium up to 50% while preserving a clean label because it does not use MSG or artificial...

Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Childhood obesity is improving, but First Lady Michelle Obama urges food companies to do more

Childhood obesity rates have “finally” stopped rising and now are falling among America’s youngest children, thanks in part to the food industry’s efforts to cut calories and offer healthier options,...

The biggest rise was in products making non-GMO or GMO-free claims

Non-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, all-natural… What can we learn from claims made on new products in the US in 2014?

Non-GMO, Kosher, gluten-free, ethical, environmentally-friendly, lactose-free, vegan, no additives/preservatives, and on-the-go claims are all gaining more traction on US food labels; while growth in ‘all-natural’- antioxidant- and low/no/reduced sugar/sodium/fat claims...

Innovation in action

2015 will see veggies appearing in unexpected places & more demand for healthy foods

Eating all your vegetables might be easier in 2015 than in recent years as they increasingly show up in unexpected places, including desserts and drinks, according to the International Food...

Sodium reduction

Will proposals to mandate potassium labeling on the Nutrition Facts panel give potassium-chloride based sodium replacers a shot in the arm?

Some food manufacturers still worry that using potassium chloride to replace salt in their recipes might compromise their clean label credentials. But the FDA’s recent proposal to include potassium as...

60-second interview: Mel Mann, Director of Flavor Innovation, Wixon

Sodium reduction: Has all the low-hanging fruit been plucked?

Food manufacturers are under increasing pressure to reduce sodium, but surveys suggest many shoppers are, well, not that bothered. So where does this leave firms plugging sodium reduction solutions? 

Sodium reduction

Advanced technology eases sodium reduction efforts

Advances in technology can help firms more quickly and easily reduce sodium in breads and grain-based packaged foods – a previously repetitive and expensive trial and error process, according to...

Sodium reduction

AHA education campaign pressures food manufacturers to reduce sodium

The American Heart Association says its recently launched consumer education campaign encouraging Americans to “break up with excess salt” seeks to “build an army of passionate and willing supporters” to...

'Quiet’ salt reduction is vital – but gourmet salt growth may stifle industry efforts

Salt replacer use is growing but low salt claims are not, as food companies favour a ‘quiet’ approach – but growth in gourmet table salts may threaten salt reduction efforts.

Can seaweed become the ultimate salt replacer – and why hasn't it yet?

Seaweed is well-researched, sustainable and effective, according to an expert. So what is stopping it from really taking off as a salt replacer?

Mandatory salt reduction could save more in healthcare costs: Study

Mandatory salt reduction may save more in healthcare costs than the current voluntary system, say the authors of a study published in Value in Health.

Myth busting? High salt intake may not increase thirst

It is commonly believed that consumption of salty foods increases thirst, and could be a reason for increased consumption of sugary soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. But just how true...

Special edition: Sodium reduction

Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Four years ago sodium was public enemy #1. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was calling for the FDA to modify the GRAS status of salt and slash the daily value...

Are salt reduction efforts reflected in heart health?

Salt reduction efforts around the world are making progress – but how has lower salt consumption affected health?

CDC report flags high sodium consumption among kids; we’re at the mercy of the food industry, RD says

More than 90% of children aged six to 18 consume on average 3,279 mg of sodium a day—well above the government’s recommendation of 2,300 mg or less per day, according...

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for sodium-reduction via enhanced saltiness

General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.

Reformulation by stealth: Just 2% of new launches in salty snacks make overt sodium reduction claims

The vast majority of sodium reduction activity in the US food industry is now being conducted by ‘stealth’ in order to avoid alienating shoppers, according to Tate & Lyle.

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