New flavor enhancer reduces sodium

by Jeff Gelski
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SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Ascentra, a new flavor-enhancing ingredient, has been shown to lower sodium content by 25% to 50% in a range of food systems as it boosts salt perception, savory nuances and umami effects, according to DairiConcepts, Springfield. Made from a proprietary, milk-based fermentation process, Ascentra does not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) or yeast extract, which means foods made with the ingredient may have a simple label, reduced-sodium and/or gluten-free declaration.

Levels as low as 0.5% have been used to reduce salt and remove MSG from soups and snack foods, create crackers, and boost the meat, cheese and vegetable flavors of meal kits, sauces and dips. Although it contains potassium, Ascentra does not contain potassium chloride and thus does not cause any metallic flavor notes.

“Our sodium-reducing flavor enhancers are made from real dairy ingredients and contain no preservatives,” said Jeff Miyake, president of DairiConcepts. “This is an important factor for manufacturers targeting increasingly health-conscious and knowledgeable consumers who scrutinized food labels and are loyal to healthy food brands.”

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