The Germans are particularly health-conscious with regard to the supply of iodine: About 84 percent of households already use iodised salt to prevent iodine-deficiency-related thyroid diseases.
Due to the preferred handle to iodized salt, the proportion of iodine salt or iodine salt with fluoride also continued to increase in the total domestic package salt sales. He passed the 80 percent mark for the first time last year, according to a survey of salt producers.
Iodised salt has prevailed
The fact that iodide salt is widely accepted by consumers is also shown by the results of a recent worldwide Nielsen study. It was intended to determine which foods with specific health benefits consumers consciously chose and regularly buy. Here, too, iodine salt took a top spot in Germany. A total of 73 percent of the Germans surveyed stated that they regularly buy iodised salt. On average, it was 32 percent worldwide, and even 30 percent in Europe. With this value, Germany ranks third worldwide in iodine salt use, behind China and India. The widespread use of iodised salt in households, canteen kitchens and the food industry has contributed to a sharp decline in iodine deficiency-induced thyroid enlargement and thyroid disease, especially among children, over the past 15 years. By area, children are already optimally supplied with iodine.
Iodised salt - the most important prevention measure against iodine deficiency diseases
Therefore, according to the experts of the working group "iodine deficiency", it is important to maintain the level achieved and to expand it as far as possible. For there is still a mild iodine deficiency in Germany according to the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO), which can lead to thyroid diseases and functional disorders caused thereby. Pregnant women and nursing mothers, who are recommended to supplement their increased needs with an additional iodine intake in tablet form, are considered as risk groups.
Not yet fully implemented in Germany is the WHO concept for the universal use of iodine salts. It stipulates that iodine salt should be used in more than 90 percent of households, and in all areas (more than 95 percent) of food production and food supply. Here, the iodine salt content in Germany is just over 30 percent. Therefore, the experts of the working group iodine deficiency appeal especially to the food industry and to the food industry to increasingly use iodine salt instead of conventional table salt for the production of food, especially bakery and meat products, to compensate for the natural iodine deficiency in Germany permanently and permanently.