Consumption of iodized salt (% of households)

Definition: Consumption of iodized salt refers to the percentage of households that use edible salt fortified with iodine.

Description: The map below shows how Consumption of iodized salt (% of households) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Chile, with a value of 100.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Mauritius, with a value of 0.00.

Source: United Nations Children's Fund, State of the World's Children.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Statistical Concept and Methodology: Most of the data on consumption of iodized salt are derived from household surveys. For the data that are from household surveys, the year refers to the survey year.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Iodine deficiency is the single most important cause of preventable mental retardation, contributes significantly to the risk of stillbirth and miscarriage, and increases the incidence of infant mortality. A diet low in iodine is the main cause of iodine