Givaudan has developed a sensory ’language’, which enables a more accurate description of the complex taste effects of salt in foods.

The flavour company hopes Sense It Salt will help it create flavours that restore the taste aspects of salt and guide product development for customers wanting to reduce sodium in their products.

Givaudan says the taste effects of salt can be broken down into distinct temporal phases; Sense It Salt is now fully integrated into the overall Sense It language that includes more than 350 descriptors with references covering aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

Sophie Davodeau, global head of sensory, said: "The development of Givaudan’s Sense It Salt language allows us to accurately assess the consequences of reducing salt and the performance of flavours or ingredients that are used to restore the taste of low-sodium products."