Salt intake from processed meat products: benefits, risks and evolving practices

Gaëlle Petit et al., Comprehensive reviewsin food science and food safety, 2019, volum 18, 25 juillet, p. 1453-1473

Currently, there is major consumer concern about dietary salt intake worldwide. However, even with the development of contemporary preservation practices, sodium chloride is still essential in processed meat products. Despite a long history of use, salt is now seriously controversial in food due to health concerns that are mostly related to high blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. Changes in meat processing methods have reduced those potential risks, but different perceptions continue to shape how consumers and society view dietary salt. The current consumer demand for additive-free food, such as the clean-label movement, has renewed consumer willingness for naturalness in food products.