Association of salt-related knowledge and behaviours with salt intake

A study by Johnson et al at the George Institute for Global health, published in Nutrients in February 2017, showed that the mean salt intake in India was 9.27 (8.87-9.69) g/day based on 24-hour urine samples.

The study revealed that less use of salt while cooking, avoidance of snacks or namkeens–a savoury Indian snack, and avoidance of pickles were associated with significantly lower levels of salt excretion.

It also found that salt intake was comparable in more-educated versus less-educated individuals, while there was no different pattern of knowledge and behaviours between the two groups.

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