Ajinomoto Reduced Sodium Research

MSG: A Simple Way to Reduce Sodium Intake

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), or umami seasoning, has 2/3 less sodium than table salt and can be used in the place of some salt to reduce the sodium in a dish by up to 40% without compromising flavor.

And what’s the deal with sodium, you might ask? Excessive sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. With about 90% of Americans consuming too much sodium, simple strategies such as using MSG in lieu of some salt in home cooking can help people of all ages better manage sodium intakes.

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Note: Iodine is an essential mineral that is often added to table salt. Iodized salt serves as an important source of this mineral and helps to prevent deficiencies in the diet. Using MSG in place of some salt in the diet allows for sodium reduction, while also promoting an adequate intake of iodine.