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Vietnam

2016

A study into the effectiveness of a behavioural change intervention to reduce salt intake in a Vietnamese province found that mean salt intake fell from 8.48g per day to 8.05g per day as a result of the intervention. To view the full study, please click here.

2014

The WHO used World Heart Day (29th September) to call on Vietnam to reduce its salt intake, in a bid to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the country.

The National Nutrition Institute found that average daily salt intake is 12-15 grams, and a national survey has found that the prevalence of hypertension is 25.1% in those aged 25 years and older. The WHO also estimates that cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 33% of total deaths in the country.

The main sources of salt in the diet are salt and salty condiments added during cooking and at the table (81%), followed by processed foods (12%). More information can be found here.

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