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New low sodium ingredient for bakery and breakfast cereals manufacturers

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article image The new salt was tested successfully in various breads and breakfast cereals

Salt of the Earth has introduced a new low sodium sea salt for bakery and breakfast cereals.

The new low-sodium sea salt ingredient addresses the challenges in the food manufacturing industry to reduce sodium in bakery products such as bread, and breakfast cereals and snacks.

Developed recently at Salt of the Earth’s R&D centre, the new salt was tested successfully in various breads and breakfast cereals, and is now available in formats to allow a range of 28% to 66% sodium reduction in formulation.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor. In a percentage of persons with pre-hypertension or hypertension, dietary sodium could increase blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, creating an added burden on the heart. Obesity, a major epidemic, also can put some individuals at risk for sodium-sensitive hypertension through increased kidney disease and the associated impairment of the body’s ability to balance sodium and blood pressure.

Aliza Ravizki, R&D manager of Salt of the Earth explains the main challenge in sodium reduction is the aftertaste of salt substitutes. Salt of the Earth conducted numerous trials of different mineral sources to solve this problem and finally came up with a tasty blend of sea salt sourced from the clear waters of the Red Sea, and potassium chloride derived from the Dead Sea. Sea salt contains most of the trace minerals needed for the body. Salt of the Earth’s low-sodium sea salt ingredient enables food manufacturers to reduce the sodium in a formulation, without any negative effect on taste.

Avi Freund, Export Director of Salt of the Earth adds that the company works closely with their customers to offer tailor-made, low sodium-formulation solutions. The new, natural low-sodium salt ingredient can be added to the food production process easily, has a long shelf-life and is highly heat-stable. It also contains a minimum of food additives.

Salt of the Earth produces and markets advanced sodium-reduction and low sodium salt ingredients and final products made from natural salt harvested from the Red Sea. 

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