Industry should leave salt alone

6th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2007 , AMSTERDAM – The foodstuffs industry is busily looking for salt substitutes because people eat too much salt. People take in about 80 percent of that salt unknowingly through foodstuffs like meat, bread and cheese.

6 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The foodstuffs industry is busily looking for salt substitutes because people eat too much salt. People take in about 80 percent of that salt unknowingly through foodstuffs like meat, bread and cheese. 

Professor of Food and Health, Frans Kok, of the university of Wageningen said this on Friday. Kok has been closely involved in drawing up the new guidelines for Goede Voeding (Good Food).

Kok argues that, every year, thousands of people die of heart attacks and CVAs because they eat too much salt.

The human body needs 1 to 2 grams of salt per day.

On average, however, people take in some 11 grams per day. According to Kok, this quantity should be reduced drastically to a minimum of 6 grams a day. “By reducing salt consumption a lot can be gained,” Kok said. 

The problem for the industry is, however, that salt is very important for the flavour. Salt is even a crucial tastemaker in many snacks, deep-frozen pizzas and ready-to-eat meals. 

Almost the entire food industry wants to gradually reduce salt consumption. Research is being carried out into the use of other types of salt and the addition of more herbs in products.
 
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