Fresh meats and poultry are naturally low in sodium, however processed meats and poultry require the addition of salts or phosphates to improve functionality and flavor. Salt functions to bind proteins together, to inhibit microbial growth by decreasing water activity and to increase water-binding capacity -- improving texture, tenderness and palatability of meat.
Salt for Life® 100 (formerly NuTek Salt) has achieved significant levels of sodium reduction in processed meat and poultry products, up to 50% (please reference a sampling of our application successes below).
Salt for Life® 100 has been shown to perform similarly to sodium chloride in key functional areas in processed meats and poultry including texture, protein extraction, yield, cooking loss, water activity and preservative qualities.
Salt for Life® 100 often allows for the removal of multiple ingredients from a recipe — thus delivering a cost-neutral or less expensive solution. Furthermore, the incremental cost of using Salt for Life® 100 without removing additional ingredients is only a fraction of a penny per serving.
Professional sensory studies for processed meats and poultry have confirmed that there is no discernible difference in taste when Salt for Life® 100 was substituted for sodium chloride.
Using Salt for Life® 100 oftentimes provides the opportunity to remove multiple ingredients from a recipe — thus delivering a simpler, ‘cleaner label’.
In most applications, Salt for Life® 100 can be used as a 1:1 replacement for sodium chloride at up to a 50% replacement and generally requires no modification to the order of inclusion.
|Item||Category||Industry Benchmark*||Nutek solution||Reduction|
|(mg sodium/100g)||(mg sodium/100g)|
|Pepperoni||Dry Fermented Sausage||1806||1280||-29%|
* “Draft Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods.” FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration IV Appendix, Table 1, June 2016, www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ucm494732.htm. Updated 11 July 2016.