Tuesday, September 26, 2006

People Can't Add: Quick, Change The Food Labels!

CBC radio and website carry a story today about nutrition labelling of foods. Apparently an American study has found that people have a hard time understanding the labelling.
About 32 per cent of those surveyed correctly calculated the amount of carbohydrates in a bottle of pop containing 2.5 servings, the researchers report in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
On the radio this morning, a Canadian dietician actually said that for a packet of crackers where the serving size is given as four crackers, people can't work out how much fat or carbohydrate is in two or six crackers.

Colour me stupid, but isn't this cause for concern with our education system rather than with food labelling. Or will it all be OK when the first of the McSquinty Liberals' "20 students per class" crowd graduate... because of course, they'll all be literate and numerate, won't they?