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Iodized Salt


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iodized salt project of the Kiwanis along with the Philippine government

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Iodized Salt

  1. 1. Iodized Salt What we should know
  2. 2. Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) <ul><li>IDD is the leading preventable cause of mental and physical retardation in the world today. The easiest way to prevent IDD is by iodization of salt, and Iodine has been routinely added to commercially produced salt in the industrialized world since the 1920's. However, in other parts of the world, there are as many as 1.5 billion people at risk, especially young children. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Iodine? <ul><li>Iodine is a micronutrient required by the body for mental and physical development </li></ul>
  4. 4. What happens if the body lacks Iodine? <ul><li>When the body does not have enough iodine it cannot function well. This will lead to mental retardation, lost IQ points and slower mental response </li></ul><ul><li>Other defects are stillbirths, abortion, physical defects, stunting and goiter </li></ul>
  5. 5. Goiter
  6. 6. Impact of Iodine deficiency <ul><li>On the child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental retardation or lost IQ points (average of 13.5 IQ points) and physical defects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On the family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education and future of children will be affected </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Impact of Iodine deficiency <ul><li>On the society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People are mentally slow and less vigorous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members of the community are harder to educate and to motivate thus less productive in work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many members of society are handicapped individuals who depend on others for care </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How is Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) prevented? <ul><li>Use iodized salt in daily diet </li></ul><ul><li>Eat iodine-rich foods regularly such as salt water fish, squids, shrimps, sea shells, crabs, seaweeds and others </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is Salt Iodization? <ul><li>Salt Iodization is a worldwide sustainable and cost-efficient strategy intended to address iodine deficiency. Iodine is added to natural salt in small amounts required by the body </li></ul>
  10. 10. History of Salt Iodization in the Philippines <ul><li>Salt Iodization was launched in 1993 by President Fidel V. Ramos through the “Ending Hidden Hunger” Conference as part of the effort to address the micronutrient deficiency problem. </li></ul><ul><li>R.A 8172 “An Act Promoting Salt Iodization Nationwide” or the ASIN Law was passed in December 1995. It requires all food grade salt for human and animal consumption be iodized </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where can Iodized Salt be bought? <ul><li>Market / Talipapa </li></ul><ul><li>Sari-sari stores </li></ul><ul><li>Supermarkets </li></ul><ul><li>Groceries </li></ul>
  12. 12. What can local government units (LGU) do to implement the ASIN Law? <ul><li>Organize committees with the private sector to implement the local salt iodization program </li></ul><ul><li>Promulgate local ordinances in support of the ASIN Law, requiring only iodized salt to be sold in the retail outlets and public markets </li></ul>
  13. 13. What can local government units (LGU) do to implement the ASIN Law? <ul><li>Support the promotion of iodized salt by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging your constituents to patronized and demand for iodized salt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring that manufacturers, wholesalers, producers and retailers in your area of responsibility are selling only iodized salt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using iodized salt in feeding programs, canteens, restaurants, in government offices, hospitals and institutions. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What can local government units (LGU) do to implement the ASIN Law? <ul><li>Allocate budget or resources for implementing your local salt iodization program </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor progress through regular implementation reviews </li></ul>
  15. 15. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) <ul><li>Is Iodized Salt safe to use? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Iodine is an element required by the body. The Iodine contained in iodized salt is just enough for our needs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does it have an effect on the taste of food? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies worldwide show that iodine does not affect the taste of food </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) <ul><li>Is Iodized lost in cooking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minute amount of iodine is lost. However, there is enough iodine left in the salt to meet the needs of our body. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does ordinary salt contain iodine? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It does, but the amounts are so low it does not meet the body’s requirement for iodine </li></ul></ul>