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Americans consume far more sodium than experts recommend - and with an estimated 75 percent 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.

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Pepsi explores salt flavor modifiers with Senomyx; plans new 'made with real sugar' colas

San Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx has entered into a collaborative agreement with PepsiCo to identify flavors with "modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt"....

‘Normal’ sodium intake range may be the healthiest: study

Despite that population-wide sodium reduction is often posed as the best solution for reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence, the current sodium intake of most of the world’s population is already...

No sugar reduction in Mondelēz health and wellness pledge

Mondelēz is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10% by 2020, but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.

Decoding the future of healthy bakery

 Governments, NGOs and consumers are driving change in the bakery sector, but how can industry keep up? What’s the next direction for healthy bakery? And will this future need to...

CSPI: ‘Facts Up Front is a joke that should be roundly ignored by the FDA’

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has again urged the FDA to come up with its own mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labeling system and “ignore” the industry-backed, voluntary...

FDA’s proposed nutrition label changes emphasize calories, serving sizes

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total...

Nutrition label update: A tweak or an overhaul?

On Thursday the Obama administration unveiled the changes that the Food and Drug Administration drafted to the nutrition facts panel (see what the FDA is proposing here ). In anticipation of...

Nutrition, health and wellness drive Nestlé forward despite 'challenging' year

Shares in the world's biggest food company were down by around 2% this morning as Nestlé announced its slowest sales growth in four years and missed profit expectations for 2013. 

Is salt linked to obesity? Study links adolescent salt intake to obesity and inflammation

High intakes of salt throughout adolescence may be associated with levels of obesity and inflammation, regardless of calories consumed, say researchers.

General Mills files patent to cut salt and fat in dough

General Mills has filed a patent for salt-flavored fat particles that enable cost effective sodium reduction and fat replacement in baked dough products.

Thinking outside the box? H.U.M.A.N. moves beyond the vending machine to the ‘healthy micro-market’

The entrepreneur who proved that vending machines can dispense more than candy and soda and still make a decent return has taken the H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending concept to the next...

Consumers tolerate breads with as much as 30% less salt in university test

Bakers seeking to meet sodium reduction targets can take hope in new research conducted at Oregon State University that shows that consumers are willing to accept lower-salt breads and, if...

Regulation in 2014 PART TWO: The snack food and beverage industries grapple with increased transparency

The debate rages on over whether government should have a say in what consumers eat and drink, as the high-profile proposed cap on soda sizes brought the issue into the...

Six percent of strokes can be avoided by meeting sodium reduction recommendations: Study

Achieving salt intakes in line with the recommendations may reduce stroke cases by 6%, but many consuming are still consuming way too much, says a new analysis from The Netherlands.

Food labeling & litigation: What’s in store for 2014? Nutrition Facts, GMOs, natural claims, trans fats, GE salmon, whole grain statements

What might give the food and beverage industry's regulatory affairs teams sleepless nights in 2014? From more evaporated cane juice lawsuits to proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, stay...

It’s jerky Jim, but not as we know it… How KRAVE Jerky reinvented the meat snacks category

Looking for a healthy snack that is low in fat and calories, high in protein and a bit more tantalizing for the taste buds than your average nutrition bar? Try...

Nestlé pledges to speed salt reduction

Nestlé has said it plans to accelerate its salt reduction strategy to meet World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on salt consumption by 2025.

General Mills makes health gains across US categories

General Mills has improved the health profile of 73% of its U.S. retail sales volume since 2005, with more than 20% improvement in fiscal 2013 alone. 

FNCE 2013 highlights: Gluten-sensitivity, dairy and GHG emissions, energy drinks, portion sizes, GMOs, and what America eats for breakfast

From the risks and rewards of energy drinks to what Americans eat for breakfast, strategies to tackle mindless eating and the next generation of gluten-free foods, Houston was the place...

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Unilever: ‘Now with x% less salt/sodium claims’ turn consumers off

Regardless of what they tell you in surveys, many consumers react negatively to ‘low salt/sodium’ messaging on pack, underscoring the need for a stealthy approach to sodium reduction, says Unilever....

Tate & Lyle innovation SVP: The population as a whole is deficient in fiber

While proteins, whole grains and omega-3s might have got more air time lately, fiber should be top of mind for formulators given that nearly all consumers are still getting significantly...

FoodNavigator-USA's 10 hot topics in food and beverage development: Are you up to speed?

Is there a natural ceiling to the gluten-free market? Is the party over for energy drinks? Are '100%-natural' claims worth the hassle? Find out in FoodNavigator-USA's round up of 10...

Kudos Blends posts 85% US sales increase on strong sodium reduction demand

Amid growing awareness in the US about reducing sodium in baked products, UK-based baking powder specialist Kudos Blends hopes to maintain strong growth across the pond with its zero-sodium potassium...

A salt conundrum? Researchers suggest 'yin and yang' effect of sodium and chloride

Chloride intake may also be an independent risk factor for heart disease. But in this case the risks are lower, and may counterbalance those of sodium in salt, say researchers.

Study: Normal salt intake does not vary with food supply

Industry efforts to reduce the amount of salt in foods are unlikely to work to reduce salt consumption to levels backed by public health advocates, according to new research that...

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