World Salt Awareness Week 2019
Costa Rica joins in World Salt Awareness Week 2019 and focuses on childhood salt intake.

World Salt Awareness Week will be held on March 4-10, 2019 with the theme "Time to act for salt".

IPOSTER Page 1This is an initiative of WASH (World Action on Salt and Health or World Action in Salt and Health of the United Kingdom) supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that aims to raise awareness among the population about the importance of the reduction of excessive salt and sodium consumption through various strategies, including the elimination of salt shakers from the table, adding less salt when preparing food, enhancing the flavor of foods with herbs and natural flavors instead of salt, and encouraging the food industry to reduce the amount of salt and sodium that they add to processed foods, among others.

This year the celebration in Costa Rica is focused on children, in order to create awareness among the population, especially parents and caregivers, about the high levels of salt and sodium in foods to which they are exposed from childhood and how that exposure influences the development of a palate that prefers salty foods and increases the risk of the development of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Various studies carried out by INCIENSA have proven how salt is hidden in many of the foods that we buy in restaurants, supermarkets and fast food sales.


Among the activities, the "Pure life with less salt challenge" will be developed in a virtual way, which consists of each person who participates achieving a daily goal to reduce excessive salt consumption. The challenge will be shared through the social networks of the Program for the Reduction of Salt / Sodium Consumption of Costa Rica and other participating organizations; indicated the nutritionist Jaritza Vega, researcher of the IDRC Project 108167.

Remember, the consumption must be LESS THAN 2000 mg of sodium or 5 grams of salt per person per day (equivalent to LESS than a level teaspoon of common salt), according to the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

More information (in Spanish) about World Salt and Awareness Week and the campaign in Costa Rica can be found here.