The ICMR’s director general said better labelling to reduce sugar and salt intake would help prevent conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and obesity.
“This could help a lot because people don't know what they are eating,” said Soumya Swaminathan.
According to Dr Swaminathan, India’s average per-capita intake of salt is 20g, whereas only 5g is required under World Health Organisation guidelines.
“These are policy matters and government is working on them,” she added.
Meanwhile, a diabetes study by the ICMR of 17 states suggests that 10-15% of Indians are diabetic and an equal number pre-diabetic.
“The top-most risk factor today is high blood pressure, diabetes and both indoor and outdoor air-pollution," said Dr Swaminathan.