Ecuador

Country targets

  • Sodium: No mandatory targets as of 2022, some targets currently in planning stages
  • Sugar: No targets
  • Saturated fat: No targets

Sodium:

Packaged food sampling

Number of products sampled: 1,313

Date collected: July 2015 – February 2016

Nutrient types: sodium

Methods

Data on packaged food in Ecuador was obtained by research teams from the Latin American Network of Food Composition Data System (LATINFOODS) as part of a larger study from 14 participating countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. Samples were collected from the grocery stores with the greatest market share in each country; nutrition labels were photographed for content.

Mean, median, standard deviation, interquartile range and minimum and maximum levels were calculated for sodium content (mg/100g) in each of 12 food categories and were used for comparison with the regional target level for sodium.

Data source

Sodium Levels in Packaged Foods Sold in 14 Latin American and Caribbean Countries: A Food Label Analysis

Citation: Arcand J, Blanco-Metzler A, Benavides Aguilar K, L’Abbe MR, Legetic B. Sodium Levels in Packaged Foods Sold in 14 Latin American and Caribbean Countries: A Food Label Analysis.\_Nutrients. 2019;11(2):369. Published 2019 Feb 11. doi:10.3390/nu11020369

Contact

Dra. Johana Ortiz, PhD

Professor, University of Cuenca

[email protected]

Institution leading data collection

Latin American Network of Food Composition Data System (LATINFOODS)