Korean J Nutr.  2006 Sep;39(6):585-591.

The Amount of Sodium in the Processed Foods, the Use of Sodium Information on the Nutrition Label and the Acceptance of Sodium Reduced Ramen in the Female College Students

  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Human Ecology,The University of Suwon, Suwon, 445-743 Korea. sochang@suwon.ac.kr


The amount of sodium in the processed foods was evaluated by the information on the nutrition label. One-meal type foods as Ramen, Woodong, Naengmyon provide the most sodium reaching 30 - 70% DV per serving size. In Ramen not much difference was observed for the sodium content by food companies though each company provides various amount of sodium reducing as much as 25% DV. The proportion of female college students who read the nutrition information reached 62% but it remained 32% on the sodium information. They purchase low sodium foods rarely however their intention to buy low sodium foods increased up to 40% in condition that sodium information is given on the food label. Neverthless 50% of them would not buy low sodium food if the taste is undesirable. Low sodium ramen cooked with 80% soup-base was acceptable by the subjects. Majority of them responded the soup was rather salty indicating the reduction of sodium in ramyeon is possible.


processed food; low sodium food; nutrition label; ramen
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