Helpdesk Report: Salt Intake



What is the extent of the problem of high salt intake in developing countries particularly SSA and South Asia? Are there particular sources of the salt in South Asia or SSA e.g. like soya sauce in China or processed food in the West. What strategies have been used to reduce salt intake and lessons learnt. Where possible please give examples from SSA or South Asia, if not, from elsewhere.


There is mixed evidence of the extent of the problem of high salt intake in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Different reports and different unit measurements make it hard to compare and assess data. Links are given to various publications on salt intake in the regions of interest.


Bolton, L. Helpdesk Report: Salt Intake. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 10 pp.

Helpdesk Report: Salt Intake

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