As we enter a year where the trend of plant-based dining is increasing, the pressure for meat alternatives and ready meals to be tastier and more diverse is stronger than ever. The industry has come a long way, and companies are investing time and money into making delicious solutions for a more health and environmentally conscious audience.
As the category grows, so focus is increasing on the ingredients list and health benefits of products.
Plant based meat alternatives tend to require higher levels of seasoning to maximise flavour including varying levels of salt.
75% of plant-based foods are higher in sodium than their meat alternatives
Studies by the Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London have shown that whilst many plant-based options offered better nutritional profiles when it comes to calories and saturated fats, we should still be doing more to keep the sodium levels down.
Nearly three quarters of meat alternatives researched in the study failed to meet the current UK standards for salt, meaning they run the risk of not hitting the October 2022 HFSS targets released by the health authorities.
Salt Content in Plant Based Food compared to Meat
Within the study, they compared a selection of plant-based products against the meat products that they are based on, to see how the salt levels compared.
168 products across 6 categories were analysed including sausages, burgers, plain poultry alternatives, breaded poultry alternatives, mince, and meatballs.
Results showed that the salt content was significantly higher in five out of the six categories.
Plant-based sausages were the most successful with a similar salt content to meat, where the plain plant-based poultry category had more than twice the amount of salt than plain poultry.
How can we make Plant Based Dining Healthier?
Reformulation is one of the techniques that companies have used to help reduce levels of fat, sugar and salt proving success within the UK and worldwide.
Although successful, it requires extra costs and resource as manufacturers try adapting their recipes whilst maintaining their signature taste.
However, what if you could reduce sodium levels in your recipe without having to reformulate?
Reduce Salt in Plant Based Food
Smart Salt® is the only magnesium based sodium reduction formula which acts as a 1:1 replacement for sodium chloride. Reducing levels by up to 60%.
The formula offers the same taste, texture, and functionality of salt, making it easy to work with and great tasting.
During a time where HFSS (high fat, sugar, and salt) foods are under scrutiny of the government and health officials, it is more important than ever to start thinking of what you can be doing to meet the health needs of your customers and future generations.
Salt Replacement Samples – Try for Yourself
Trying a solution such as Smart Salt® for yourself is crucial to understanding its effectiveness.
Why not order a sample for yourself and swap your salt content with Smart Salt®, so you can try its taste, texture, and see how it can help meet the governments targets in time for 2024.
TALK TO THE TEAM
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