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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The dumbest thing I have ever heard

Lately in "things that make me embarrassed on behalf of humanity," a California mom has successfuly sued Ferro over the shocking fact that Nutella is not healthy.  Apparently she was surprised to find that the chocolate-hazelnut spread, which tastes like candy and magic, contains both SUGAR and CALORIES.

So...let's talk about this.  Healthy is trendy right now, and everyone and their mom is trying to 'healthify' what was previously deemed unhealthy.  You have General Mills adding whole grains to their sugar-filled, processed cereals and foods that never contained carbohydrates to begin with now shouting from the rooftops that THEY HAVE NO CARBS!!! Not to mention that Vitamin Water is out there acting all "oh I'm so healthy I have vitamins and shit" even though it's basically colored sugar water.  And don't even get me started on sugar and preservative-filled "healthy" granolas and yogurts.  Bleh.  So basically, Nutella is hardly alone in this effort nor are they the worst offender.

Were the ads implying that Nutella is healthy somewhat misleading?  Meh. Probably.  Know what else is misleading?  This:


Also this:

Should anyone be surprised that Nutella is not sugar-free and low-calorie?  No.  Take some damn responsibility and read the label.  Does Nutella have 200 calories per 2-tablespoon serving?  Yes.  Know what else does?  Peanut butter.  Almond butter.  Any nut butter really.

Also, here is a list of things that Nutella on whole-grain toast is healthier than, which are also things I witnessed parents feeding their children for breakfast when I was working at the YMCA:
- Donuts
- S'mores pop tarts
- Pudding
- Twinkies
...yes Twinkies.  One mother diligently and lovingly packed two packages of Twinkies for her son's breakfast every day.

COME ON PEOPLE.  With all of the crap we eat, and feed our children, a little Nutella is hardly going to hurt anyone.  An entire jar of Nutella? Maybe.  A little Nutella on toast?  Of course not.  Anyways sorry, it just gets me all worked up when people refuse to take responsibility for their own choices and lack of due diligence.  Believing everything you see in ads is just ridiculous, and if you don't do your research it's your own damn fault.  End of story.


  1. Some people suck. All of the nutrition info is on the label. Read it. If you don't understand what it means, that's your problem. Sheesh! It's a real bug-a-boo of mine when people make misguided statements about nutrition. Straight up ignant! Another thing that sucks right now...

    1. That does make me want to throw up in my mouth a little. P.S. when did you finally learn how to spell your name?!?

  2. haha- this is a great post. It really troubles me that people who are completely brainless keep having children...

  3. I am in the middle.

    Dumb people buying smart people's bullshit marketing.

    Smart people selling dumb people bullshit.

    My point, both the smart people bullshiting and the dumb people buying it deserve to sue the hell out of each other. In the interim, I will feed my child real food and sue nobody. Great post!

    1. I hate false advertising too, and the General Mills whole-grain cereal BS actually does get me a little worked up... I think the lawsuit mostly pissed me off because 1) I worry that if this keeps happening it will eventually impinge on my freedom to consume chocolate and 2) with all of the actual problems going on, our legal system is spending their time on this shit.

  4. Interestingly, one of my friends who is normally VERY health and fitness-conscious (and certainly doesn't normally buy bullshit) also informed me one day that Nutella was "healthy." That was news to me! The fact that even SHE believed it tells me that Nutella's marketing people are very, very effective. Which is not to say that people should sue them. As you say: read the label, people!

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    1. Hey lady, how are you!!?? I feel like I haven't talked to you in forever - are you still in NYC?

  6. The whole nutella debacle is so frustrating. Gee - something made out of chocolate and nuts ISNT THE SAME THING AS A SALAD? Wow. And the fact that it flew in the legal system...that's the real kicker.

    1. I know... I can't believe they got a settlement out of it. Admittedly false advertising is not great, but it's not going away and we need to be willing to do some research and be accountable for our choices...


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