Salt, from History to Consumption: An Evaluation of Izmir Katip Celebi University Students' Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours About Salt Consumption
Keywords:salt consumption, salt, preservation, history of salt, Habits
Salt (table salt), one of the few preservation aids in ancient times, is still on our table not only for preservation but also as an indispensable flavor enhancer. From the past to the present, salt has had strategic importance, affecting nations’ culinary cultures and their general health conditions. The feeding habits of the people are very much related to their salt consumption habits, and vice versa. In this study, the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of Izmir Katip Celebi University students about salt and salt consumption were studied with a survey. 181 students participated in the study. The first 7 questions of the questionnaire included socio-demographic information, while the following 17 questions were about the students’ knowledge, attitude, and behaviours related to salt and iodized salt. The participants’ current information, attitudes, and salt consumption behaviors were interpreted. It was understood that information need to be provided about the use of iodized salt during food preparation; the iodine deficiency and about how to store, use and consume salt, properly. Also, amount of salt could be written on food packages in a more visible way.
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