The need to read the nutritional panel on supermarket products is an often heard message from Choice and health ‘experts.’ But has anyone tried reading them? The details are easy to follow but the font is so small that I have come to assume that the manufacturer doesn’t want me to read it!
I don’t wear glasses and get my eyes checked, but I now find myself taking a photo of the panels and zooming in! Its is crazy. More often than often not thought, I simply walk away.
Anyone else find this? Is there a legal size for the information which I understand to be compulsory on packaged food products ? It’s all very well to say choose carefully, but if this is our best guide, surely it needs to be humanly legible.
Not only nutritional information, but cooking instructions are ridiculously small for some products. We have a very large magnifying glass in the kitchen for just such an emergency and use it at least once a week.
How many products supply this information in a print size to small to read. And or print in a colour that does not have good contrast against the labour colour appears deliberate to me. Should we ask our Choice magazine to assist in remedying this after all this info is there to assist with healthy choices.
When getting my reading glasses out of my backpack still doesn’t make what is printed on the packet readable I resort to using my mobile phone …
I started with just the camera function but now I use a Magnifier app
But sometimes even that approach does not work - by the time text is big enough to read on the screen you are so “zoomed into the image” that you cannot tell where you are looking in the rows and columns of the nutritional panel; or the ingredients list.