Nestle joins the move away from artificial ingredients

Ten percent isn’t much, but it’s a start. Pizza is loaded with salt and fat thanks to the cheese and crusts which are high in salt.

Nestle is joining the move away from artificial ingredients, it announced last week. What’s even more exciting from my perspective is its pledge to reduce salt in such items as its DeGorno frozen pizza by 10 percent.

Nestle is cutting salt in its frozen pizzas, but 10% isn't much for a product loaded with almost 3,000 mgs of salt.
Nestle is cutting salt in its frozen pizzas, but 10% isn’t much for a product loaded with almost 3,000 mgs of salt.

It isn’t much, but it’s a start. Pizza is loaded with salt and fat thanks to the cheese and crusts which are high in salt. One variety of DiGiorno, its thin crust Margherita, has 690 mgs of sodium in one-fourth of the pizza! Eat an entire frozen pizza, and that’s not difficult to do really, and you get 2,760 mgs of pizza, more than a normal person should have in a day and twice what I should be eating in a day.

I’ve come up with some lower salt pizza alternatives, including one with a whole wheat crust and another that uses matzah, which has no salt, as the base. I add fat-free mozzarella, which still has a lot of salt for my taste these days but at least gets the fat out.

Big food companies are being hit where it hurts, in their bottom lines, by consumers demanding simpler foods. Ad Age had a great piece on that which I blogged about recently.

Keep it up and get on them about salt, fat and sugar too!

John

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