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Nutrient Essentials: Sodium and the Healthy Plate

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  • 1. Nutrient Essentials Sodium and the Healthy Plate The scope of my comments will be limited to the production of meat items, specifically, chicken products. I want to touch briefly on the history of salt usage in the meat industry (probably nothing that you are unaware of), alternatives that we are aware of, some of the products that Pilgrim’s pride currently has in the market and finally a few observations that might spark a little lively conversation as we get into the panel discussion later. I. History - Preservation With respect to history, salt played a very important part in the preservation of meat in the years before refrigeration was readily available. Curing with salt and nitrate was used to extend the shelf life of all types of meats to prevent spoilage, particularly from large animals that could not be readily consumed over the course of just a few days. Curing an

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