A healthy snack option has been offered by Indian grocery chains, a health ministry spokesperson said.
The statement on Monday came a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) said India is the only country where a healthy snack is available at supermarkets.
Health officials said a health snack was available at almost half of India’s major grocery stores, with some serving as much as 20 per cent of the daily recommended consumption of salt and sugar.
A spokesperson for the Food Corporation of India said the company was offering the snacks to its customers at the cost of Rs. 3.50.
“It is a nutritious snack that is healthy and tastes good.
We have made it available in our stores at the cheapest price,” the spokesperson said in an email.
India is the largest food exporter in the world, and its citizens are among the world’s biggest consumers.
The country consumes more than 40 million tonnes of sugar per year, or about 3.5 tonnes per person, according to WHO.
It has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world and has one-fifth of the world population.