FNRI-DOST recommends use of iodized salt in processed foods

The use of odized salt in processed foods such as ham, tocino, tapa, hotdog, sausage and langgonisa has been recommended by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) as it may increase the iodine available in the diet of consumers eating processed food items.

The FNRI said that the availability of iodine in the diet may help maintain optimum nutrition, as this micronutrient helps prevent goiter, impaired mental function, retarded physical development, and congenital anomalies among children.

The Department of Health has been advocating for food fortification as one of the strategies in preventing micronutrient deficiency in the populace especially among children.

The FNRI said that that universal salt iodization (USI) is the recommended strategy to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) in the population by using salt to carry iodine in the diet.# The use of odized salt in processed foods such as ham, tocino, tapa, hotdog, sausage and langgonisa has been recommended by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) as it may increase the iodine available in the diet of consumers eating processed food items.

The FNRI said that the availability of iodine in the diet may help maintain optimum nutrition, as this micronutrient helps prevent goiter, impaired mental function, retarded physical development, and congenital anomalies among children.#