Excessive consumption of sodium is shown to raise blood pressure, a condition known as hypertension and a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease and strokes. Processed foods, particularly prepared meat and poultry products, are known to be concentrated sources of sodium. In efforts to reduce total sodium content of meat and poultry, processors often adjust multiple ingredients in a formula, as sodium may be found in batters, binders, breadings, brines, curing agents, emulsifiers, marinades and more. These ingredients provide functionality to meat systems, so reduction or replacement may impact more than just taste.
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