Iodised Salt

Less sodium, more io­dine, and other things brands claim

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14 Brands Tested

Iodised salt is com­mon ed­i­ble salt to which a very small quan­tity of an io­dine com­pound has been added. Iodised salt is used to pre­vent a health prob­lem now known as io­dine de­fi­ciency dis­or­der (IDD). Io­dine is a nat­u­ral el­e­ment that is es­sen­tial to hu­man life. Some of the most vi­tal func­tions of the hu­man body – such as proper de­vel­op­ment of brain and body and main­te­nance of body tem­per­a­ture – de­pend upon a steady sup­ply of io­dine. With re­gard to In­dia, reg­u­la­tions re­quire the io­dine con­tent to be not less than a cer­tain amount in food-grade iodised salt. The tech­niques for iodi­s­a­tion are sim­ple and well es­tab­lished. The added io­dine does not af­fect the ap­pear­ance or taste of salt, which hap­pens to be one of the old­est, most ubiq­ui­tous food sea­son­ings in the world. How­ever, as the re­sults of Con­sumer Voice’s tests on 14 brands of iodised salt show, ad­her­ence to the na­tional stan­dards on qual­ity and ac­cept­abil­ity pa­ram­e­ters is not uni­form. As is mostly the case, the tests threw up mixed re­sults. For in­stance, while two ISI-marked brands failed to meet the re­quire­ment for mois­ture, two pro­pri­etary brands did not match up to their claims for less sodium. The de­tailed find­ings and anal­y­sis fol­low.

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