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Dutch bakers reducing salt ratio in their products


Tags: Excerpts from the Windmill

ZAANDAM Giant grocery chain Albert Heijn has reduced the salt ratio in bread by ten percent. The chain also promised to reveal the amount of salt in all its in-house brand products. Those moves follow the recommendations of the Dutch Health Council, which has warned that on the whole consumers in the Netherlands are digesting far too much salt, ten grams daily when one gram is sufficient. Too much salt leads to high blood pressure, a significant contributor to heart and brain infarcts. Consumers get most of the salt intake through bread. The bakery industry also is in the process of reducing salt content in its products. Unilever has already been reducing it for some time. In other countries, it has been observed that when producers use a step-by-step approach that the public does not notice any changes in the salt content, providing they do it in lockstep with each other.