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With A Pinch Of Doubt

Double fortified salt is a good idea but...

With A Pinch Of Doubt
Tribhuvan Tiwari
With A Pinch Of Doubt
outlookindia.com
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Iodine & Iron

  • Iodised salt came to India in the late 1950s
  • Today, 80 per cent of India uses iodised salt, which has reduced the incidence of goitre
  • Fortifying salt with both iodine and iron can help fight another widespread condition—anaemia
  • Double fortified salt, or DFS, could prove to be a game-changer in the fight against malnutrition
  • But if the fight against anaemia is to succeed the government has to ensure that more than just a few big salt-makers get the technology for making DFS

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The introduction last month of double fortified salt (DFS)—containing an iron supplement in addition to the usual iodine—brings a new edge to the fight against malnutrition. The use of iodised salt has considerably reduced the incidence of endemic goitre; double fortification will extend the fight to anaemia. Using DFS for cooking can meet much of the body’s iron requirement and (except in extreme cases) does away with the need to take iron pills. This makes it easy to target large populations and worst-affected groups like women and children.

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