Monday, 4 May 2015

Color-blind Assistance in the Monash App

By Dr Jane Muir

Did you know that the Monash University Low FODMAP diet app contains a setting to help people who are color-blind?

Did you know that color-blindness affects 1 in 15 males and 1 in 200 females?  Individuals with colour-blindness have difficulty distinguishing between the colors red and green.  The Monash University Low FODMAP diet app uses the traffic light system to identify low and high FODMAP containing foods – and this presents a major barrier for these individuals accessing the information contained in the app.

In response to concerns about this, our team has included a ‘Color Blind Assistance’ option in the app. This changes the colors red and green to contrasting colors and symbols (grey, white and black). This should make the low and high FODMAP foods quick and easy to identify.  To find this option go to the front page of the ‘Food Guide’ section of the app and click on ‘Settings’ (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

Once in the ‘Settings’ section (see Figure 2) scroll down to ‘Accessibility’ and select ‘Color Blind Assistance’.  You can then select ‘About Traffic Lights (Accessibility) for an explanation about the symbols and colors (see Figure 3), then click ‘Done’, in the top right-hand corner (Figure 2).

Figure 2.

Figure 3.

Once you have returned to the ‘Food Guide’ section you can then resume searching for any food item to get the FODMAP rating.  An example is shown in Figure 4 for sweet corn.  For sweet corn the overall rating is black (high dose), you must click on sweet corn to see the serving size is 1 cob.  The major FODMAPs are Oligos-GOS (moderate dose) and the Polyols-sorbitol (high dose).  Also note that if you have ½ cob then the overall rating changes to Grey – low dose.  At this serving size should be tolerated by most people with IBS.

Figure 4.


1 comment:

  1. Yea! My low fodmap son has color vision deficiency. Thanks!