Category: Research

30 Jan 2020

Researcher Profile – Annet Hoek

I am a Senior Research Fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy division. My work supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction. I consider myself to be a ‘pracademic’ with a passion for real life impact, which really aligns […]

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30 Jan 2020

Parents’ Perceptions about Salt Consumption in Urban Areas of Peru: Formative Research for a Social Marketing Strategy

A sequential exploratory methods design was used to gather qualitative data through interviews and focus groups with parents of pre-school children of high and low socioeconomic status from urban areas of Peru (n=64). Quantitative data was subsequently obtained via questionnaires sent to all parents (n=232). The study found that household cooking was a duty of […]

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30 Jan 2020

Sodium, Potassium and Iodine Intake, in a National Adult Population Sample of the Republic of Moldova

A recent study published in Nutrients by D’Elia et al. investigated sodium, potassium and iodine intake in the Republic of Moldova. Twenty-four hour urine samples were collected and analysed from 858 adults (326 men and 532 women, 66% response rate). Mean salt intake was found to be 10.8g/day, with only 11.3% of people meeting the […]

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30 Jan 2020
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Sodium Content of Commonly Consumed Foods in Argentina

Calliope and Samman investigated the sodium levels in street food, fast food and artisanal food in Northwest Argentina using chemical analysis. To collect information on the types and frequency of food consumed, a survey was administered to a sample of adults. The most commonly consumed street food was hot dogs (25%) and French fries (22%); […]

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30 Jan 2020

Food industry fails to drop the salt – evaluation of self-regulation in Australia

Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health analysed data from the Foodswitch database to assess if there were any changes in salt content between 2013 and 2017 in over 4,500 products from 16 Australian food manufacturers. The study found no clear evidence of reductions in salt levels overall, including 10 member companies of The […]

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29 Jan 2020

Action needed to improve salt use behaviour and fruit and vegetable consumption across seven low- and- middle income countries

  A recent study conducted by McKenzie BL et al published in Nutrition Journal, assessed salt use behaviour, fruit and vegetable consumption and the type of oil and fat used in cooking, and the association of these behaviours with cardiovascular disease risk factors, across seven low- and middle-income countries. From the sample of 24,332 adults […]

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10 Nov 2019

Researcher Profile: Jacqui Webster

I was appointed as Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute in 2013. I remain committed to supporting countries around the world to meet the global salt reduction targets and am constantly inspired by the innovative efforts of many countries and communities to reduce population salt […]

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29 Oct 2019

Use of ‘low-salt’ bread as part of a reduced salt diet important in reducing blood pressure – Ireland

Bread is a major contributor to salt intake in Ireland. Cashman K et al recently published a study in Nutrients investigating the consumption of ‘low-salt’ bread, and its influence on blood pressure. Ninety seven adults participated in a five week cross-over study, which included salt intake estimated from 24-hr urine collections. They found that salt […]

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29 Oct 2019

An evaluation of the sodium content and compliance with sodium reduction targets in Costa Rica

Vega-Solano et al described the sodium levels in packaged foods and assessed the compliance of packaged foods in Costa Rica with national targets from 2015 to 2018. Costa Rica have sodium reduction targets for 6 food categories: Condiments, cookies and biscuits, bread products, processed meats, bakery products, and sauces. They found that there was a […]

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29 Oct 2019

Changing Sodium Knowledge, Attitudes and Intended Behaviours Using Web-Based Dietary Assessment Tools – Canada

Jefferson K et al investigated the use of novel web-based tools to provide tailored feedback regarding sodium knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. 199 individuals took part in the single arm pre- and post- test study, testing the use of the Sodium Calculator and the Sodium Calculator Plus. Sodium related knowledge increased after use of both calculators, […]

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