Salt Consumption Behavior among Selected Subjects and Salt Content of Common Processed Snack Foods
Keywords:High Salted Foods, Processed Products, Fat Content, Snack Foods, Salt Intake.
AbstractSalt, an essential mineral, has been associated with hypertension and an optimum intake is suggested for good health. Processed foods, specially fried and baked snacks can be a major contributor of salt in diets. Hence, the present study was undertaken to investigate the salt consumption behavior among selected adults using a structured questionnaire and to determine the salt and fat contents of common processed snacks. The respondents were 500 adult men and women, who volunteered to be a part of survey. As a second phase of the study, selected commercial processed foods such as salt biscuits, packaged and non-packaged fried snacks were analyzed for salt and fat contents. Results indicated that majority of subjects had a high salt intake of >16.0g/day. They were aware of high salt products, though were unwilling to cut down salt in their diet. The salt and fat contents of both packages and non-packaged snack foods from commercial sources contained high salt and fat contents and they can potentially add up to a considerable salt content in the diet.
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