Salt of the Earth will launch Umamix, its new sodium reduction ingredient for hamburgers and processed meat at Fi Europe, Paris, December 1-3, 2015.
Umamix is a proprietary savory mix of quality sea salt and vegetable extracts rich in umami, the distinctive flavor-boosting 5th taste.
The new formula is designed to reduce sodium and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in processed meat applications.
The savory profile of Umamix is derived from tomato, shiitake mushroom and kombu seaweed extract.
In precise combination with pure Red Sea salt, it can enhance flavor while helping reduce sodium by up to 45%.
It also replaces MSG, a common yet controversial flavor enhancer added to many processed meat products.
Salt is widely used in meat processing as a flavor enhancer as well as a functional ingredient.
Hamburgers or meatballs typically contain 1.2-2% salt.
According to latest laboratory tests results, Umamix can help decrease sodium by 45% in hamburgers and meatballs, and by 33% in frankfurter sausages, without affecting the taste of the final product.
It is heat stable, pH stable, kosher, halal and has no artificial ingredients.