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Replacing MSG in Ranch Dressing—Naturally

Healthier savory dishes with all-natural Mediterranean Umami

Atlit, Israel – Salt of the Earth, Ltd., has successfully replaced monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the famous Ranch dressing with Mediterranean Umami, an all-natural sodium-reduction ingredient based on vegetable extracts and sea salt. Mediterranean Umami keeps the “craveable” flavor of Ranch dressing, without MSG, while reducing sodium at the same time.

Ranch dressing is one of the most popular salad dressings and dipping sauces in the US, yet previous efforts to get rid of MSG in this classic salad dressing and dip have been unsuccessful until now. Salt of the Earth completed multiple trials of Ranch dressing formulations with and without Mediterranean Umami. These trials effectively demonstrated the ability to maintain the true flavor of Ranch dressing, but with 30% less sodium, and without using MSG or yeast extracts.

“We worked intensively to crack the code of MSG’s unique flavor contribution to traditional Ranch dressing formulations,” explains David Hart, Business Unit Director for Salt of the Earth. “The main challenge was to get that ‘craveable’ flavor Ranch is known for, without MSG. Mediterranean Umami is similar to MSG in its ability to boost taste, and it does give the umami flavor consumers crave.”

“Chinese restaurant syndrome” is a term coined in the 1960s referring to a group of symptoms some people claim to experience after eating foods made with MSG, a common ingredient in Chinese cooking. Today, it’s known as MSG Symptom Complex. These symptoms often include headache, skin flushing, and sweating.

Many consumers claim to suffer such side effects from MSG ingestion and avoid the ingredient. This gives MSG a strongly negative perception. “Being a completely natural combination of vegetable extracts and sea salt, Mediterranean Umami does not trigger side-effects and is a clean-label product evoking no negative consumer reactions,” assures Hart.

Chef Osher Eidelman will be preparing fresh dishes with and without Mediterranean Umami at the Salt of the Earth / A&B Ingredients Inc. joined booth, #S4657, at the IFT Expo in Chicago. Chef Eidelman will demonstrate how Mediterranean Umami can reduce salt, reduce sugar, replace MSG, and boost flavor in various formulations. Chef Eidelman is also a Registered Dietitian and a food technologist who specializes in preparing healthy and tasty products. A well-known personality in Israel, Chef Eidelman has popular cooking shows on the leading TV channels.

Come to taste delicious dishes made with Mediterranean Umami at IFT Expo, including:

  • Fresh salad with Ranch Dressing

  • Patatas Bravas with BBQ sauce

  • Herbed cheese and vegetable wrap


Visit us at IFT Expo, joint booth no. #S4657 with A&B Ingredients Inc.


About Salt of the Earth

With innovation and quality as its driving principles, Salt of the Earth has been producing sustainable sea salt solutions for the global food industry since 1922. Salt of the Earth’s customers span more than 20 countries on 5 continents. The company controls and tracks sustainable salt resources and works to promote balanced salt consumption through innovative sodium reduction solutions.

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