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Salt

The body needs about 1 gram of salt (sodium chloride) a day and it has a significant effect on fluid balance, nerves and muscles. But salt can also have negative effects on conditions like high blood pressure. On average we eat about 10 grams of salt a day.

That means we eat about ten times as much salt as the body needs. Research shows that reducing salt can have a positive effect on blood pressure.

The biggest sources of salt in the diet are processed meats such as minced beef, sausages and meat sandwich fillings, as well as fish that has been processed. Bread, cheese and ready or semi finished meals are also major sources of salt.

Nofima has extensive competence in how the production of salt meat and fish can be improved and collaborates with a large network, including many renowned research institutes in other European countries.

In developing optimum salt levels for meat and fish we make use of spectroscopic techniques such as FTIR and Raman.

 

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