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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.

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? 

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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...

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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...

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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.

Sodium still a concern, though down slightly: NPD Group

As the US Food and Drug Administration prepares to issue voluntary sodium guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants, US consumers are demonstrating less concern about sodium intake and seeking it...

Industry to FDA: Think again before setting category-by-category sodium reduction targets

Two leading food industry associations have urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to set category-by-category limits for sodium amid rumors that the agency is planning to outline a...

Handful of foods responsible for high sat fat, sodium intake in young kids: Nestle FITS

Specific foods consumed by young children are resulting in excessive intake of saturated fat and sodium in their daily diets, according to new findings from the 2008 Nestle Feeding Infants...

News in brief

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.

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