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Table 5 Percent of adults ‘always or often’ adding salt before eating

From: The tide of dietary risks for noncommunicable diseases in Pacific Islands: an analysis of population NCD surveys

Survey Age group (years) Adults who add salt ‘always or often’ before eating or when eating (95%CI)a
Men (%) Women (%) Both (%)
Cook Islands 18–64 37.3 (33.9–40.7) 35.7 (32.9–38.5) 36.4 (34.3–38.6)
Kiribati 18–69 34.5 (27.6–41.4) 47.0 (37.4–56.6) 41.3 (33.7–48.9)
Nauru 18–69 63.5 (60.5–66.4) 67.1 (60.1–74.2) 65.4 (60.5–70.3)
Solomon Islands (2015) 18–69 48.8 (43.0–54.7) 44.6 (39.9–49.2) 46.6 (42.0–51.1)
Tokelau (2014)b 18–69 25.8 36.6 31.6
   Average salt intake based on urinary sodium (g/day)
Tokelau (2014)b 18–69 12.0 8.6 10.1
Wallis and Futuna (2019) 18–69 11.7 (11.5–12.0) 8.8 (8.7–9.0) 10.2 (9.8–10.5)
  1. aDietary salt includes ordinary table salt, unrefined salt such as sea salt, iodized salt, salty stock cubes and powders, and salty sauces such as soya sauce or fish sauce. This question relates to salt added directly before consumption (regardless of meal composition)
  2. bNo CI due to measuring entire population