Food firms globally whip up wacky ways to battle bad diets

Food firms globally whip up wacky ways to battle bad diets

  • Now, U.S. food giant Mars Inc and Mumbai-based charitable foundation Tata Trusts are marketing an alternative in western India: bite-sized squares made from yellow peas, which they say are packed with iron, protein, vitamins and micro-nutrients.
  • For poor diet has overtaken smoking as the world's biggest killer, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study, causing 20 percent of deaths globally in 2017.
  • Launched in November, the pea-based snack is the first joint product from Mars and Tata Trusts - which owns two-thirds of India's salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Sons - after they agreed in 2016 to boost nutrition and food safety in Asia's third-largest economy.
  • Globally, diabetes affects 422 million people, killing about 1.6 million in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.
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