Salt of the Earth: umami can reduce sugar

19 Mar 2018

Salt of the Earth has announced that its Mediterranean Umami is also effective for sugar reduction, answering demands for tasty, clean-label foods with both lower sodium and less sugar.

Salt of the Earth: umami can reduce sugar

Salt of the Earth has announced that its Mediterranean Umami is also effective for sugar reduction. The all-natural, clean-label ingredient for savoury flavour enhancement can, according to the company, answer both demands for tasty, clean-label foods with both lower sodium and less sugar.

Mediterranean Umami, an ingredient rich in plant-based umami flavour compounds, can significantly reduce both salt and sugar at the same time. The all-natural flavour enhancer is said to allows up to 45% reduction in sodium, and up to 25% reduction in sugar.

Primary applications for this dual-solution ingredient are savoury sauces with high sugar content, such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, cocktail sauce, Thousand Island dressing, chutneys, pizza/pasta sauces and a variety of sauces for ready-to-eat meals (RTEs). While these products are, at their core savoury, they typically contain a surprisingly high level of sugar—in some formulations, up to 10-25% of the product.

“Consumers use sauces or condiments in nearly every meal,” said David Hart, Business Unit Director for Salt of the Earth. “These products can increase our daily sodium and sugar intake. For example, ketchup provides up to one teaspoon of sugar per one tablespoon of product. Mediterranean Umami is an easy-to-use solution that naturally enhances the flavors of these sauces while reducing salt and sugar content dramatically.”

Salt of the Earth says it conducted a number of successful trials on several sauces with high sugar and salt content. In a standard ketchup recipe, Mediterranean Umami was able to reduce sodium by 30%, and sugar by 25% while maintaining an identical organoleptic profile. Exceptional organoleptic results were found in Thousand Island dressing, the company says, where the trials showed a 26% reduction in sodium and 25% reduction in sugar. Outside of the addition of the Mediterranean Umami solution, no other major reformulation or high-intensity sweeteners were used to achieve the results.

“We all want to eat better-for-you products, with less sugar and salt, but it is really hard to achieve this target using only natural ingredients,” explains Hart. “Many R&D and product-development programs are zeroing in on sugar reduction, but the real challenge is to keep the great, sweet-savory taste consumers crave in a flavorful sauce. Mediterranean Umami provides a clean-label solution for significant reductions in sugar and salt.”

Mediterranean Umami is a blend of what Salt of the Earth describes as simple, consumer-friendly ingredients including natural vegetable extracts and sea-salt. Its umami flavour boosts the product’s natural taste and can be used for significant reduction of salt and sugar. It is available in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium and France via exclusive distributor Kreglinger Specialties, and in the US and Canada via exclusive distributor, A&B Ingredients.