Potassium intake for adults and children


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 42
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English, Executive summary in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 150482 9


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This guideline provides the first global, evidence-informed recommendations on the consumption of potassium to reduce NCDs in most adults and children which WHO had developed.

The recommendations in this guideline can be used by policy-makers, technical and programme planners in the government and various organizations involved in the design, implementation and scaling-up of nutrition actions for public health and prevention of NCDs, to assess current potassium intake levels relative to a benchmark and develop measures to increase potassium intake, where necessary, through public health interventions including, but not limited to, food and product labelling, consumer education, and the establishment of food-based dietary guidelines (FBDG).

The guideline should be should be used in conjunction with sodium and other nutrient guidelines to develop and guide national policies and public health nutrition programmes.