Reducing sugar, sodium and fats

Our commitment: Further decrease sugars, sodium and saturated fat

Sugar, sodium & fats 

Science-based renovation and innovation

Public health evidence shows that diets with lower sugar, sodium, saturated fat and trans fats can improve health outcomes and decrease non-communicable diseases (NCDs). We have made great progress in reducing the levels of these public health-sensitive nutrients in our foods and beverages over the past 10 years.

Our approach

Our approach is holistic. We will not replace one nutrient of concern with another, and we will not compromise on taste. We focus on foods and beverages that contribute most to people's intake of these nutrients, to have the biggest impact. Being transparent about our efforts also helps ensure improvements are as effective as possible.

In addition to developing healthier and tastier product choices, we endeavour to further reduce public health-sensitive nutrients through scientific research, while maintaining the taste of our food and beverages.

In 2005, we drafted the Nestlé Policy on Sodium to reduce and monitor the percentage of sodium in our food and beverages. In 2017, we have renewed our Policy on Sodium to help consumers achieve the WHO recommended intake levels of no more than 2000 mg of sodium (equivalent to 5 g of salt) per person, per day by 2025. With this target being Nestlé's longer term goal, our policy goal is to further reduce sodium by an average of at least 10% by the end of 2020, in all foods and beverages not yet aligned with our former sodium targets.

Since the establishment of the Nestlé Policy on Sugars in 2007, we have been able to significantly reduce the amount of sugars in our products, especially those developed for children. In 2017, we have renewed our Policy on Sugars to help consumers achieve the recommended intake as per the globally recognized dietary guidelines. Our policy goal is to further reduce the sugars we add in our products by an average of at least 5% over four years (2017–2020) to support individuals and families in meeting global recommendations.

Our Nestlé Policy on Trans-fat, instituted in 1999 and further strengthened in 2003, was developed to remove trans-fat originating from partially hydrogenated oils from all our food and beverage products. In India, we have replaced hydrogenated fat in MAGGI with refined oil, resulting in zero tans fat and zero cholesterol in the products. Similarly, in 2009, we drafted the first Nestlé Policy on Saturated Fat, to aid consumers in achieving the recommended intake of no more than 10% calories from saturated fat, in line with the globally recognised dietary guidelines.

We remain committed to further decreasing levels of sugars, sodium and saturated fat gradually, while maintaining taste.


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