6 April 2016

Unilever Philippines, FNRI-DOST create online salt calculator

Source: Unilever Philippines. Salt shaker.
Source: Unilever Philippines.
A salt calculator is now online, helping users determine whether their salt intake is within the recommended daily consumption. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults should eat no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day, equivalent to 5g of salt.

Unilever Philippines and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) signed a memorandum of agreement to develop a Unilever Sodium Intake Level Test, an online tool that aims to broaden consumers’ awareness of the main food sources of sodium in the Filipino diet and eventually convince them to lessen their salt intake.

The result is the Unilever-FNRI-DOST Salt Calculator, which both organisations hope will help consumers understand how much sodium is in their diets. This, too, will help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) over time. According to the WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the world. In the Philippines, a study conducted by the Department of Health revealed that more than 170,000 die each year from heart diseases; hypertension being one of them.

The web-based app was recently tried at the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines Annual Convention held in February in Iloilo City, which is attended by about a thousand nutrition professionals. Feedback from 200 participants indicated that 96% agree that knowing their sodium intake helps them be more mindful of salty foods, and 95% said that they will share the salt calculator to colleagues, patients, and community.

FNRI-DOST has also included the Salt Calculator on their website


Try out the salt calculator. Foods are customized for the Filipino diet