Monthly Archives: November 2012


The Faces of Thanksgiving

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It is said that the greatest of virtues is gratitude. At HQO, we believe this to be true and thank each and every one of our customers, employees, partners and family farmers for the blessings they bestow upon us daily. … Continue reading

The Shake Down on Sodium Reduction

Sounding the Alarm

The initiative to reduce salt consumption in the American diet isn’t breaking news.  In fact, it’s been a public health priority for decades.  In 1982 the Food and Drug Administrations Dietary Sodium Initiative encouraged the food industry to voluntarily reduce sodium levels. Yet, the opposite occurred. In 2000, men were consuming 48% more salt than they did in the early 1970s and women were consuming 69% more.

Approximately 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended, putting them at increased risk of blood pressure, often a precursor to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., and stroke.

Over-indulging in sodium is not specific to any particular age group either.  Between 2003 and 2008 the Center for Disease Control conducted a national health survey of 6, 200 U.S. children between the ages of 8-18. The results were alarming.  Most children were consuming an extra 1,000 mg of salt per day than their diets required and 15% were showing signs of elevated or high blood pressure.


Chart from the Center for Disease Control

And where is everyone getting so much salt? The answer has been pounded into our heads: packaged foods.  Approximately 65% of sodium consumed is from prepackaged foods and 25% from foodservice.  A minor amount of sodium, only about 5%, comes from the salt we add to food at the table.

Salt Solutions

There’s no easy solution for salt reduction, it’s a major component in flavor enhancement. And consumers are catching on.  According to Mintel, there’s been a 5% reduction in “reduced sodium” label claims from 2010 to 2011.  Many attribute it to the fact that consumers equate low sodium to lack flavor.

So the big question is, how do we keep the flavor without the salt? High Quality Organics has put our decades of herb and spice experience to work in developing an extensive line of flavorful blends to help you reduce sodium content levels.

Introducing No Salt Blends by HQO

No Salt Blend:  A true all-purpose topical blend that enhances any dish. A versatile blend of balanced herbs and a mild spicy finish.

No Salt BBQ Blend:  A beautiful balance of sweet and spicy with a hint of onion and garlic, this rub would be perfect for any dark meat.

No Salt Garlic Blend:  For the garlic lover! A flavorful blend of citrus, herb and garlic make this a perfect topper for roasted vegetables.

No Salt Seafood Blend: A delicate blend of citrus and herbs make this a favorite application for any fish.

No Salt Spicy Blend:  For those looking for a little more of a kick, this blend marries wonderfully in soups, stews and slow cooker meals.

For more information on our No Salt blends or to order, contact your  current sales manager or email us at

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