Turkmenistan: new findings on street food, NCDs risk factors and childhood obesity

Turkmenistan: new findings on street food, NCDs risk factors and childhood obesity

The WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan launched the preliminary results of 3 surveys in the areas of street food, NCD risk factors and childhood obesity in Turkmenistan during a high-level meeting on 18–22 July 2018, in which CEIDSS supported on the writing of the report. The findings reveal some great successes, and also highlight some areas of concern.

Street food: fresh fruits and vegetables but high levels of salt and trans fats

FEEDCities is a survey that explores the nutritional composition of street food in various countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The latest survey, carried out in 2016, shows that Ashgabat, the country’s capital, offers a diverse range of foods including fresh fruits and vegetables.

However, many foods have less-than-ideal nutritional values and lists of ingredients. In particular, savoury snacks and other foods on offer, such as pastries, prepared salads, doner kebabs and hamburgers, were found to contain alarming levels of salt. The concentration of salt reaches, on average, 6.6 g per 100 g, far exceeding the WHO recommendations for salt intake of less than 5 g per day.

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