OMAHA, NE – On May 5, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced new global sodium benchmarks for different food categories. This guidance builds on the work and experiences of countries and regions in setting targets for sodium levels in different food categories. These targets are part of national and regional efforts to reduce population salt intake, reduce the burden of diet and nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases and achieve the global target for a 30% reduction in daily salt consumption by 2025.

The WHO estimates that 11 million deaths globally are associated with poor diet, 3 million of which are attributed to high sodium intake. Additionally, while more is being discovered about COVID-19, studies have shown that the most common underlying condition in the mortality rate of patients is cardiovascular disease (CVD). Overconsumption of sodium is the leading cause of CVD which is now the #1 cause of death globally.

NuTek Natural Ingredients has pledged support for the WHO’s new guidance and has been on a journey to improve global health through sodium reduction using potassium salt that provides a 1:1 substitute for sodium in foods and results in a clean-label, great tasting, healthier balance of salts.

“The new WHO sodium benchmarks are a good tool for manufacturers to reformulate products with lower sodium and ensure food safety requirements are met. This is a significant step forward for global health and consumers’ understanding the importance of sodium reduction as part of a healthy lifestyle.” commented Barry Knudson, COO, NuTek Natural Ingredients.

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