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Savitha Thirunavukkarasu, Researcher

Understanding consumers' knowledge and awareness of health insurance

A survey that seeks to understand how informed consumers of the health insurance sector are, and their experiences when they've attempted to claim from the company.

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A study on the need for Front of Pack Warning Labels (FoPL) on processed foods in Karnataka

This survey of Front of Pack Labelling preferences amongst consumers in Karnataka shows a clear preference for Front of Pack Warning Labels. As the FSSAI considers different labelling styles (while leaning towards the Health Star Rating system), this is important evidence that users find warning labels the easiest style to read and interpret.

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A study on street vendors usage, consumption, and awareness of reused cooking oils in Tamil Nadu

CAG has been working towards effective implementation of the trans fat regulations    in Tamil Nadu. Artificially produced trans fats like vanaspati, margarine, bakery shortenings, are harmful as they are major contributors to non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, etc. Used cooking oil is also an important source of trans fat. Experts say that during repeated frying   , many properties of oil are altered.

Sharing Resources and Sustainable Consumption

Sharing Resources and Sustainable Consumption (SRSC) is about protecting the environment and natural resources from environmental degradation, and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle. Our consumption patterns have changed over the years due to several reasons like scientific and technological innovations, concepts of globalisation, liberalisation and the like. We consume more resources in daily life, in the form of transportation, electricity, appliances/accessories, logistics etc.

Front of Pack Labelling in India

Globally, unhealthy diets are the main reason for the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular disease, obesity,  diabetes and the like, resulting in innumerable deaths year after year. Varieties of processed and ultra-processed foods, which contain trans fats, high salt, sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates, are  available in the market making it  hard for consumers to identify and select the ones that are nutritious.