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American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- May 27, 2009
Date:5/31/2009

ium chloride, is no simple task. One of the problems researchers face is lack of a detailed understanding of the basic biology of salty taste. But new pieces of the puzzle are emerging, including the discovery last year of what some scientists claim is the primary receptor responsible for human salt taste perception.

Despite this challenge, companies are forging ahead with salt reduction research. One of the most widely used salt replacers, potassium chloride, resembles salt in terms of cooking performance but has a bitter taste that some consumers find unpleasant. Several companies are developing additives to mask this bitterness. Other approaches include developing smaller salt particles so that the tongue perceives their taste more quickly. Other researchers are exploring oil-based salt emulsions that provide an enhanced perception of saltiness while using less salt. No one strategy seems to work for every food and beverage, the article notes, but help is on the way.

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