A new study published in the journal Food Chemistry has found that salt water tafs are a common snack among South Asians, with one person in every seven South Asians eating them every day.
According to the study, which was carried out by the University of South Asia and the University Food and Agriculture Research Institute, a total of 1,979 South Asians were sampled in different locations across the country between January and September last year.
The average consumption of the snack ranged from one taf to five taf.
“The average daily intake was 1.2 grams, which is more than the intake of adults in the US, the study found.
According to official statistics, there are over 50 million South Asian people living in India and most of them live in urban areas. “
According to our analysis, the average daily salt water consumption was only 0.1 grams per day, and it is estimated that there are more than 200 million South Asians in the country,” said Dr Kavita Narayanan, one of the authors of the study.
“According to official statistics, there are over 50 million South Asian people living in India and most of them live in urban areas.
Therefore, it is important to know how the salt water snack is distributed in these communities,” said Narayanam, who is also a member of the research team.”
Salt water tas is the most widely eaten salt snack in India, with an average daily consumption of 5.3 grams per person, or around 1.5 teaspoons,” she added.
While it is a staple food in many Indian households, the South Asians living in cities tend to eat more salt water snacks.
Narayanan and her colleagues found that the consumption of salt water was associated with a lower waist circumference, a lower BMI and higher blood pressure.
“The study also showed that the salt consumption is also associated with lower cholesterol, which has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke,” Narayanams said.
The South Asian respondents in the study were mostly urban dwellers living in the southern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.