Food giant pledges ambitious salt reduction to meet WHO goal.

Nestlé has promised to accelerate the reduction of salt in all its food brands by at least 10 percent in the next three years to support the World Health Organization’s target of no more than 5g of salt per person, per day, by 2025.

The company said in a press statement that “the decision will further reduce salt levels across Nestlé’s hundreds of savory products including soups, noodles, recipe mixes, frozen and chilled meals and pizzas, in popular brands including Maggi, Stouffer’s, DiGiorno and Buitoni.” All new food innovations launched will be specially formulated with an even lower level of sodium.

“We have made great strides in reducing the salt content of our food products in recent years and we want to build on that progress. Our goal is to offer consumers products that enable them to make practical, healthy nutritional choices, every day,” said Henri-Pierre Lenoble, Nutrition, Health and Wellness manager at Nestlé Food.

The announcement by the company follows a Washington conference on dietary salt consumption organized by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional Americas Office of the World Health Organization.

Nestlé was the first company in the food industry to introduce comprehensive policies for the systematic reduction of specific nutrients considered to be detrimental to health when consumed in excess.

Since 2005, the company’s products globally contain 14,043 less tons of salt and over 20 brands have been reformulated including Maggi, Stouffer’s, DiGiorno, Buitoni and Herta. In the U.S. Stouffer’s Mac&Cheese meal, for example, has almost 15 percent less salt. In Brazil, salt levels in Maggi noodles have been cut by a quarter and in France, salt levels in Buitoni frozen pizzas have been cut by almost 20 percent. In the UK, the Maggi SoJuicy seasoning range has been cut by 20-40 percent. Overall, Nestlé brands in the Americas contain 2,676 tons less salt; in Europe, 2,474 tons less salt; and in Asia and Africa they contain 8,893 tons less salt.

The company’s gradual approach to reducing salt levels aims to help consumers adapt their taste for salt, making them more likely to continue to make healthier choices in the future. Nestlé is also looking into using spice and herbs to heighten flavors. It is involved in research with U.S. life sciences company Chromocell Corporation “to identify compounds with similar or equally pleasing tastes that could potentially be used instead of salt in a range of foods.”

With global brands such as Maggi, Nestlé also provides consumers with online healthy cooking education programs and recipes, helping them to create tasty and balanced meals every day with more vegetables, less salt and less fat.

Here is one recipe from their website:

Pomegranate and Dates Smoothie
Ingredients
4 cups pomegranate juice, bottled or 1000 g
300 g date paste
1 tin NESTLÉ® Sweetened Condensed Milk or 395 g
1¾ cups skimmed yoghurt or 320 g, frozen
600 g ice, crushed

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender except the crushed ice.
Blend for 5 minutes until smooth; pour the ice and blend again for 2 minutes.
Serve in a large chilled glass.

 

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