I try to eat healthily. As a former Operating Room Nurse, I have far too many times seen the consequences of a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food.
Most of these patients weren’t to blame for their dietary choices. They lived in a time when nutritional information on foods was very limited.
Nowadays, the consumer is well armed with valuable information on many areas of nutrition, from the general, what foods to eat and what foods not to eat. To the specific, what foods to eat and what foods not to eat if you have a disease such as diabetes or heart-related issues.
Yes, at first glance, it seems the information is readily available and plentiful; all is well until you get to the grocery store.
Did you bring your magnifying glass? Hopefully, you did because you’re going to need it.
Buyer Beware …Of the Fine Print!
The print on labels containing the critical information you require to make informed nutritional choices is so small, that in many cases it’s unreadable.
For a young person with perfect eyesight it would be very difficult to read, but for an elderly shopper, impossible.
Our governments still allow grossly unhealthy foods on grocery store shelves. Foods with trans fats, high amounts of sugar, in its many forms, sodium nitrite, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, tocopherols, acetylated tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides, annatto colour, and the list goes on….
If they are not going to ban these ingredients outright, they should, at the very least insist the labels be clearly legible so the consumer can avoid these foods.
At a time when health spending is going through the roof, it seems small changes like this could go a long way to reducing the cost to the system, of an unhealthy diet.
In other words, let’s practice a little preventative medicine.
I believe the majority of grocery shoppers are concerned about the quality of the food they are consuming and would check the ingredient label if it was at all legible.
Look, we all know the general population is well ahead of the government when it comes to important societal change. I strongly believe this change in labelling needs to happen.
My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so this is my little rant for the day…lol!
What do you think? Should government insist the labels be clearly legible?
Are governments too slow to act on such changes?