We all know it. We all use it. Also, we all need it.
Talking about salt – “the white gold” – some could think, that there is no better seasoning in the whole world. And actually, we also need salt. The sodium chloride, which salt largely consists of, is important for our body. We need sodium for our cell metabolism, for maintenance of plasma volume and transmission of nerve impulses. Chloride is important for our acid-base balance. But we just need 3 to 4 gram salt per day. 

But to be honest – we do eat too much salt every day. 3 to 4 gram is really not much if you can imagine and very fast we have eaten to much of it. Because in every ready meal and also in lots of processed foods, there is at least a small amount of salt. Our daily intake soon gets higher and higher – and we don’t know it or better: unsalted food is really not that tasty than we expect it to be.

That is indeed not a surprise. Our body is addicted to salt. That’s what a study of the University of Iowa found out. With every little grain salt we eat, our body is so amused that it begins to spill happiness hormones. That’s why we like salty meals, even when we think that the amount of salt is quite low – we get used to it quite too fast.

Most people consume on average 9 to 12 grams per day – that’s far too much.

What too much salt could do to your body

Consuming too much salt can be really dangerous for our body. There are several diseases which are coming from consuming too much of it:

  • systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • irreversible damage of the kidneys
  • cardiovascular disease
  • stroke
  • coronary heart attack.

What you could do against it? Just as an example, you could change your diet. Using less of the so-called white gold is quite easy. In many countries, about 80% of salt in the diet comes from processed foods. Check the list of ingredients before buying it.
Also don’t ask for salt in a restaurant. The chef took so much effort, time and love to cook your meal. Don’t destroy the taste he wants you to enjoy by adding the white gold to it.

...empty?

Once you begin to eat a bag of crisps, it’s almost empty. It’s the factor of addiction of salt (and to be honest, fat is also a bad guy in this game), which makes us eat the whole bag on just one evening.

Our solution

We can’t change the whole world. But we are trying.

With the help of our Scelta Taste Accelerator, salt in processed foods can be reduced up to 50%. Also, the gluten structure and overall texture will maintain. Companies who would like to reduce salt in their dishes are often coming to our head office, to develop new recipes with us. Therefore we can guarantee a solution which leads to happy faces on both sides of the supply chain.

Also Scelta Mushrooms is supporting the Dutch kidney foundation to spread awareness of kidney diseases in the Netherlands. Together with the so called “Nierstichting” we are trying to increase the knowledge about salt in the Dutch population.

More and more restaurants are no longer experimenting, but are adding Scelta Taste Accelerator to their dishes. This also applies to caterers. They respond to the healthy food trend for clients including companies and educational institutions.
Jan Klerken - Ambassador of Scelta Mushrooms

White gold?

And, why is it called white gold?

10.000 years b.c. salt was already used to preserve food and to season meals. That’s why it was very popular, also for trading. In lots of countries it was also possible to pay with it. At the time of Marco Polo, it was usual in China to press salt to coins, which could be exchanged with gold. That’s the reason why it’s called white gold.

Still, it is very important for us and yes, we need it. But we should also really think of reducing the amount of salt eaten every day.

How much NaCl / salt?

Have a closer look at the ingredients list while doing your groceries.