Salt of the Earth, an Israel-based sea salt solutions provider for the foodservice industry, has replaced monosodium glutamate (MSG) in its ranch dressing with Mediterranean umami.

Mediterranean umami is an all-natural sodium-reduction ingredient made using vegetable extracts and sea salt.

The company has taken this decision to help people with symptoms of MSG Symptom Complex such as headache, skin flushing, and sweating.

Many consumers claim to suffer such side effects from MSG ingestion and avoid the ingredient.

According to the company, it has conducted multiple trials of ranch dressing formulations with and without Mediterranean umami and effectively demonstrated the ability to maintain the true flavour of Ranch dressing without using MSG or yeast extracts while reducing 30% of sodium.

Salt of the Earth business unit director David Hart said: “We worked intensively to crack the code of MSG’s unique flavour contribution to traditional Ranch dressing formulations.

“The main challenge was to get that ‘craveable’ flavour Ranch is known for, without MSG. Mediterranean umami is similar to MSG in its ability to boost taste, and it does give the umami flavour consumers crave.

“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.”

Salt of the Earth chef Osher Eidelman will offer various food items including fresh salad with ranch dressing, patatas bravas with BBQ sauce, and herbed cheese and vegetable wrap with and without Mediterranean umami at the IFT Expo in Chicago.