Sodium hits the headlines again because of the Food and Drug Administration’s new sodium guidelines. The FDA’s concern for too much sodium in the diet is nothing new – it’s been standard practice in the medical industry to suggest that people with high blood pressure and sodium-related diseases reduce their intake.
We at On The Menu help our clients hit sodium targets in their food products by reducing salt in their recipes. A sodium reduction can lead to the ability to make a sodium claim on packaged food. The below chart is a quick reference on sodium claims.
|Sodium-free or Salt-free
|Less than 5 mg of sodium per serving
|Very low sodium
|35 mg or less per serving
|140 mg or less per serving
|At least 25% less than the regular product
|Light in sodium or Lightly salted
|At least 50% less sodium than the regular product
|No salt added or Unsalted
|No salt is added during processing, but these products may not be salt- or sodium-free unless stated
On The Menu can help you identify if your packaged food products qualify for any of these sodium claims.