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Woman suing Nutella over false nutrition claims

http://tribune.com.pk/story/114929/us...

"The suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, alleges that many consumers of the product would not have purchased it had they been aware that the health claims surrounding it were overblown."

right, because they couldn't just READ THE LABEL on the jar to figure that one out. truly mind-boggling.

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  1. Oh for the love of labels...this has merit in a court of law? Give me a break.
    Someone buy this lovely lady A PAIR OF EYEGLASSES...and leave us to enjoy our nut spread!
    geez.

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    1. re: HillJ

      Any knucklehead can file a suit. Filing doesn't equal merit. If you can afford the filing fee you can bring any lawsuit you want (there may be consequences later if you're just jerking people around).

      1. re: ferret

        ferret, I was being completely sarcastic. Jerks don't deserve Nutella...more for us.

    2. I don't agree w/ the lawsuit but think the commercials are misleading. "Part of a nutritious breakfast"??? I wonder if the woman similarly bought a Highlander so she could be the cool mom and not lame. She could sue Toyota when it doesn't come true,

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      1. re: chowser

        I agree it's misleading when you have a mom actress saying how pleased she is her kids are getting a nutritious breakfast with a slice of white cardboard bread, some chemical fake butter and a dollop of chocolate with a hint of hazelnut and HFCS. Of course people should read labels and make their own choices but I guess there's some nutrition in that breakfast and it's so easy to file a lawsuit and make headlines.

        1. re: smartie

          Just to get things accurate, I did look at the label last night, and there is no HFCS in Nutella -- just good old sugar.

          1. re: Bob W

            "I've been told" by a couple of company customer service people that if the list of food on the back of the product includes 'sugar,' it is beet sugar. If it says, 'cane sugar,' then it is, of course, cane sugar.

            1. re: Rella

              So what is the difference? A carb is a carb when it comes to sugar, right? Or am I mistaken - that has been known to happen.

              1. re: kprange

                There's a very (very) slight difference between beet and cane sugar. Cane sugar is considered superior for baking. A few places I read that tested identical recipes using the two types of sugar found that cane sugar consistently yielded better results. Something having to do with the slight differences in trace protein and mineral content, since sugar isn't 100% pure sugar (like water isn't 100% pure H2O).

                As for a carb being a carb, no, that's not thought to be the case. All grams of CHO are not created equal. The sugar dimers are broken down by different enzymes, and sugar monomers are absorbed by different transporters. Lastly, how those sugars are packaged - starch, fructose, or glycogen, for example, combined with what's with them - lots of fiber, lots of protein, or nothing, like just a sugar bomb - will affect what the final destination might be - taken up by muscles, used for immediate energy (as glucose is by the brain), or packaged into fat.

                It's a complicated picture that physiologists are just beginning to understand.

        2. re: chowser

          Didn't Dannon get in trouble for claiming yogurt equates with living well into your 90's. I love my (Greek) yogurt-long life or not. Plenty off claims out there to go around. btw-that Highlander commercial says more about parents than it does about the car :)

          1. re: chowser

            Butter can be part of a nutritious breakfast if a small quantity is used on multigrain bread with a piece of fruit and maybe a piece of cheese or a boiled egg. Sitting down to a stick of butter, not so much.

            "part of".... means just that really. It fits in there, but is not THE breakfast.

            1. re: im_nomad

              Twinkies can be part of a nutritious breakfast in that case. Is there anything that wouldn't fit?

              1. re: chowser

                Chocolate and hazelnuts both have many health benefits. Peanut butter and strawberry jam can be part of a nutritious breakfast. And both, if eaten by the jar full, can make you obese. It's not rocket science. The lawsuit is idiotic.

                1. re: foreverhungry

                  If you ate enough Nutella to get the nutritional value from cocoa solids and hazelnuts in Nutella, you'd be eating far too much of it and it would be a health concern. The first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil--not equivalent to pb and jelly, unless you're buying overly processed versions of both. I said I didn't agree w/ the lawsuit. I just think the implication that it's healthy is misleading. At least, it is to me. You can consider it healthy because of the cocoa and hazelnuts but I don't think it is.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I'm not saying Nutella is a "healthy food", whatever that means. Better for you - in moderation - than Twinkies? Probably. Again, if Nutella is spread on whole wheat toast, along with some fruit thing on the side for breakfast, sure, it's "part of a healthy breakfast". Not too different from the total fat, sugar, and total calories you'd get from PB&J or jelly and a tablespoon of butter on toast. And I'd consider those part of a healthy breakfast - when done in moderation and using common sense. I think there's a difference between "healthy" and "part of a healthy breakfast". On it's own, or spread by the cup full on white bread, no, it's terrible. But in moderation, as a part of a breakfast or snack, that includes other foods, yeah, no problem.

                    My basis for this is family in France that I'd visit on a regular basis, that had Nutella on bread for either breakfast or as an afternoon snack, for as long as I remember. While obviously not a scientific sample, they are all very fit and healthy. A tablespoon or two worked well for them. As a part of a healthy breakfast. Again, it's not rocket science.

                    1. re: foreverhungry

                      http://www.alldutchfood.com/spforbr.html
                      let's not forget our Dutch chowhounds, who sprinkle chocolate on their bread and call it breakfast. Gotta love that!

                      I just saw a commercial for Nutella on tv this evening and listened really hard to the voice over message and heard no health claims that cross the line. None.
                      Followed by a commercial for a new product, mini Reese pb cups (unwrapped) to use in baking (like chips)! http://www.hersheys.com/reeses/produc...

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Maybe they've gotten enough flak for their commercial that they'd removed it. Even sugar sprinkled on bread can be "part of a healthy breakfast" and that's essentially what Nutella is. I like Nutella but appreciate it for what it is--junk food. It amazes me that people defend it as anything other than such. If that's the case, the woman in the court case is completely wrong in saying it's not good for you and everyone in this thread who talks about her being stupid in not knowing it is wrong.

                        http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

                        http://motivationalsmartass.com/index...

                        http://www.weightymatters.ca/2008/03/...

                        http://www.notefromlapland.com/2010/0...

                        1. re: HillJ

                          "Individually wrapped miniature cups, perfect for baking, guests, or adding to your foil collection."

                          Now that is a lawsuit waiting to happen: The advertisement does not mention the need to unwrap them ;)

                          1. re: hala

                            ha! think of the enterprising men & women just taking notes as we make fun.
                            it's a jungle out there in happy food land!

                          2. re: HillJ

                            Italians spread Nutella on bread for breakfast as well. I used to spend a few weeks in Italy during the summertime each year as a child and became addicted. I also love to eat it on those little hard toasts you get at specialty markets and on toasted bread slices by a company called Bimbo. It's just so darn good!

                            1. re: Saluti

                              My husband enjoyed his Nutella spread on french toast this morning. I'm partial to banana & nutella crepes.

                          3. re: foreverhungry

                            As I've said before I'm not saying Twinkies are the nutritional equivalent of Nutella. Neither are healthy but is a tablespoon of a Twinkie with fruit, yogurt, egg, bread can also be part of a healthy breakfast. It's all about moderation and anything, in a tablespoon or two, can be part of one. Neither add much nutritionally positive to your meal, not rocket science.

                            1. re: chowser

                              I think that this does bring about an interesting question - what constitutes a healthy breakfast? And, are calories from sugar and fat bad for you? To the first question, I'd say that a healthy breakfast serves 2 important purposes: 1) getting a wide complements of nutrients your body needs into you; and 2) getting *some* calories into you, *some* being a different proportion for different folks.

                              Let's face it, most folks don't want to eat dry whole wheat toast, and nor is that necessarily a good breakfast, even if accompanied with a grapefruit. You need some calories from fat, and some calories from a simple carb that will be processed quick - especially important for the first meal of the day. Does 1 T of nutella contribute to that? Yeah, it does. Does Nutella contribute nutritionally?m Yeah, in that you need calories, and you need some fat and carb. Again, can Nutella be a part of nutritious breakfast? Yes, it can.

                              If we start knocking stuff out for it's sugar and fat content, then soon every food gets black balled. "Part of" doesn't equate "only", and that's where some folks make the mistake. I hear ya chowser, but we can agree to disagree on whether Nutella is junk food. I don't think it is. I'm not saying I think it's a health food, but then again, I don't think strawberry jam is a health food. But I wouldn't call that a junk food either.

                              1. re: foreverhungry

                                All I need for breakfast is fat, protein and coffee. Last thing in the world I need in the late morning is a sugar spike followed by a trough.

                                1. re: foreverhungry

                                  Yep, which is why I put Twinkies there, too. There are foods that help others go down more easily, a spoonful of sugar and all that, but that doesn't mean it adds much nutritionally to the meal. If you took out "Nutella" and put in "Twinkie", your post would still work the same way. I think of junk food as food that is fairly nutritionally void for the amount of calories/sugar/fat and that would be Nutella. That's the subject of the whole thread actually--the woman suing because she says it is junk food. If it is not junk food as you claim, she has no claim. Many foods contribute calories and fat and carbs but that doesn't make them nutritious. I honestly can't believe I'm having a discussion on how healthy basically a candy spread is. It's about the same as a Snickers bar.

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    Yeah, let's get back to the part about it being delicious and yummy. I can think of about 20 ways to use Nutella in a recipe that will make my friends and family very happy. I think someone should show up at the courthouse with a plate of Nutella brownies and make a peace offering. Any volunteers?

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      I want to follow this lawsuit and see what happens. If it goes in favor of the woman, I might be tempted to buy a thighmaster and sue Suzanne Sommers because my thighs will NEVER look like hers!

                                      1. re: chowser

                                        Well I've eaten enough Dannon yogurt over the course of my life to "guarantee" a span of 100 plus years...where do I sign ? Ha!

                                        1. re: chowser

                                          Ferrero settled - they're paying out $3 million and discontinuing the use of any "healthy food" claims in relation to Nutella...so go buy that Thighmaster!

                                          http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style...

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                            Shoppers who bought Nutella between Jan. 1, 2008, and Feb. 3, 2012 (Aug. 1, 2009, and Jan. 23, 2012 if you live in California) can file a claim and join the class action, according to the the official notice from the company.

                                            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                            Or, join the crazy arse class action, get your $20.00 check and then buy a Thighmaster with the cash. https://nutellaclassactionsettlement....

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                              Ridiculous...is this really the litigious nature of US society?
                                              Sigh...

                                              1. re: freia

                                                i'm waiting for someone to sue Kellogg's because they saw "baked with real fruit" on the Strawberry Pop-Tarts box, assumed it was health food, and gave one to their kid for breakfast every day for a year.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    they're killing me with all these "Supertaster" columns in video format. i wish Chow would at least post a text option to go along with them!

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      A number of members have asked for transcripts but so far I haven't seen this addressed or offered.

                                                    2. re: HillJ

                                                      I loved the, "Well, it's Nutella, it's damned delicious." If only Nutella had stuck with that premise, it wouldn't have been out $3,000,000. In reality, no one cares if it's part of a healthy breakfast. it's like saying a beer is part of a healthy dinner--no one cares, just give us the beer even if it is bad for us. But, I also think it's wrong for a company to be able to claim anything they want and get away with it so I'm glad someone called them on it. I'll pass on the class action suit but I do have two large Costco size jars of it in my kitchen. Because it's damned delicious...

                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                        Oy, it's not that I don't agree with everything you said, chowser. I do. And I just celebrated this morning by baking a bunch of peanut butter, Nutella, oatmeal cookies for the gang her in Cali. But god help me label reading is on all of us. Read the label good people, read. That's all I'm saying.

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          for the gang her in Cali
                                                          ~~~~~~~~~
                                                          wait, what are you doing in California?

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                            working, working on the bnb, attending a wedding, family visits. and eating my little heart out. i'm seriously thinking of moving here half the year. would be easier on my life.

                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                              you need to send me your B&B info because i'm FINALLY moving back to CA in July :)

                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                No kidding.
                                                                Santa B? LA? Good for you!

                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  LA. i can't wait. this has been an unbelievably taxing 9 months - i was only supposed to be here for 6 weeks!

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    Well, ghg when you land, you find me here. Ok. You find me.

                                                          2. re: HillJ

                                                            Read the label, people (which assumes everyone is literate in English), and stop lying, corporations. I'm finding reading the label is much harder these days and my poor parents can't make out any of it. How far can a company go in stretching the truth/lying? Anything goes? "Smoke cigarettes. It'll make you thinner. And being thinner is healthier." Acceptable? If a company advertises its product as "beef" and it turns out to be dog meat, and the label says so, is that okay? I'm behind companies adhering to truth in advertising. The onus shouldn't be all on the consumer.

                                                            1. re: chowser

                                                              i happen to agree with you that there should be more truth in advertising as a rule. however, the suit said that consumers wouldn't have bought it if they had been aware that the health claims surrounding it were overblown, and i have two issues with that. 1) i can't swallow the idea that saying Nutella can be *part* of a balanced breakfast qualifies as an "overblown health claim" - it's not like the Nutella ads told people if they ate it they'd live to be 100 years old or achieve optimal health. 2) this woman *is* clearly literate in English. so if she had only *read the label* she could have seen for herself that the stuff isn't health food. you don't need an advanced degree to figure out that when sugar & oil are the first two ingredients on the package it's probably not the most nutritious food.

                                                              as far as the eyesight thing goes, the Nutella label is pretty easy to read:
                                                              http://tiny.cc/1r1fdw

                                                              i'm not trying to be argumentative, you & i are basically in agreement on the overall premise. but i wish consumers would take more responsibility for their own health & decisions, and i'd rather see companies being sued for flat-out lies or undisclosed ingredients than for inflated claims that are transparent to anyone who takes the time to THINK about them for a minute.

                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                chowser, I'm not looking for arguments either but I am clearly in agreement with ghg for all the reasons she stated. And, the company is offering $5.00 checks for each jar consumers bought up to five jars in this class action suit. Anyone who fills out the form by a specific date can claim a refund without proving they even bought a jar. But (god help me) the lawyers will get paid much bigger bucks and at the end of the day I truly believe companies like Nutella don't wish to do harm, consumers can sue for all sorts of things that class action lawyers will take on and lawyers are the ones who make out on crazy arse settlements like these. This lawsuit will not prevent me or anyone I know from enjoying Nutella. It won't stop me from questioning what harm actually came to the woman who started this suit and it only cements my disbelief at the law. Laws for the most part help all of us but the law is also not perfect.

                                                            2. re: HillJ

                                                              HillJ, I want that recipe please... =)

                                                              1. re: thursday

                                                                thursday, which recipe? lol...I've lost track of this sidebar discussion :)

                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  i'm guessing the PB/Nutella/oatmeal cookies...

                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                      Yup, that one. =) Thanks, ghg and HillJ - looking forward to letting out my pants a few notches after this one.

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  HillJ, I have an incredible Nutella cookie recipe I'll send to you!

                                                  1. re: FoodChic

                                                    Thanks FoodChic, post it in HC Board on this thread so we can all enjoy it!
                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764333

                                                2. re: chowser

                                                  So where do you put peanut butter and strawberry jam. Because when it boils down to it, they're not too different than Nutella. Take 1 T of peanut butter, 1 T of fruit jam, and you have the nutritional equivalent of Nutella. Is someone going to claim that a T of each equals junk food?

                                                  I'm not saying that anything that has fat and carbs is nutritious. But someone made the claim that Nutella is nutritionally devoid, and I don't think that's accurate. That's like claiming strawberry jam is nutritionally devoid, but I don't see anyone suing Smucker's. Is jam a candy spread?

                                                  1. re: foreverhungry

                                                    Let's see btwn grade school lunches, after school snacks, camping sacks, midnight munchies and street fairs I would rate the PB&J sandwich KING.

                                      2. re: chowser

                                        A Twinkie vs a tablespoon of Nutella ? I see a difference.

                                        1. re: im_nomad

                                          hmmm, Nutella filled Twinkies! Must experiment with homemade sponge cake...

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            here's a simpler place to start...though i'd definitely increase the thickness of the Nutella filling ;)

                                            http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.com/2...

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                              isn't it a blast to reach out and there it is!
                                              I think some fresh bananas slices or even mango spears may be in order.
                                              (keep it healthy!)

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  even better, forget the swiss roll & do a layer cake...and alternate layers of white & dark chocolate pistachio butter for the filling :)

                                                  i can't keep that stuff in the house. it's deadly.

                                              1. re: im_nomad

                                                Yeah, cheese, butter and eggs all contain nutrients essential for human health and almost zero health destroying sugars. Twinkies not so much.

                                                There's nothing unhealthy about the fat levels in Nutella, either, but yowser to the sugar.

                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                  I'm not saying it's the same thing. The first ingredient in Nutella is sugar, the second is palm oil. I classify it as junk food in our house, something to have in moderation. Both are junk, to have in moderation; not the same thing, not equivalent, just in the same category.

                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                    I agree both are junk. Not that nut butter with cocoa is a bad thing, IMO. :-)

                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                      No--I'd love a good nut butter w/ cocoa. Does anyone make a good nut butter w/ dark chocolate?

                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                        Reading all the labels from brands that are decent, I've concluded that it's better to make it at home. But this is one I've tried recently; still too sweet for me, but only 1/3 the sugar of Nutella, frex. http://www.justinsnutbutter.com/produ... I haven't tasted these, but the chocolate almond is lower sugar, too: http://www.futtersnutbutters.com/nutr...

                                                        Here's one person's home recipe, though I wouldn't use sugar or agave, some might not mind them: http://thechiclife.com/2010/03/make-y...

                                                        I have an occasional TBS of Justin's choc/almond as a snack. Some folks worry about perceived health concerns wrt fats, but I focus on minimizing hydrogenated fats, sugars and carbs.

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          I don't like it too sweet, either. It's a good idea to make my own but it's not that different from my dipping my dark chocolate into my favorite peanut butter. Chocolate covered almonds are good, too. I do the same--don't worry too much about the overall fat content, especially for something I eat such small amounts of anyway.

                                                          1. re: mcf

                                                            Justins Nut Butters are very tasty and the chocolate-nut vers. are not as sweet like Nutella. Smitten Kitchen has a peanut-dark chocolate spread on her site that was a bit hit among her readers if you're looking for a recipe.

                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                              Thanks--those sounds great. Maybe I'll have them as part of a nutritious breakfast.

                                                              1. re: chowser

                                                                yeah, the breakfast of champions! that's what we're calling Nutella around here as of today. :o)

                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  I'm wondering if I can get Nutella to sponsor me in my upcoming half marathon--I'll use it instead of gel packs. The sad thing is, I'm now seriously considering it, even if they don't sponsor me. It's about 100 calories per pack, just about right.

                                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                                    hey, with all this -/+ press you might be just the athlete they're looking for!
                                                                    Go chowser!

                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                      "Nutella--part of a healthy lifestyle." I need to get back into marketing!

                                                      2. re: chowser

                                                        Yeah, I'd look at it as being in the jam / jelly category, I'm not toting it as a health food. It's more about what to believe from a commercial.

                                                      3. re: im_nomad

                                                        Yes, I did too. Forgive me if someone mentions this later (I've not finished reading this whole thread) but one twinkie has 0 fiber, 0 calcium, and only 4% of daily iron. A serving of Nutella by comparison has 8% of daily fiber, 4% of calcium and 9% of iron. When I first saw this commercial, I thought 'smart' - Nutella is painting the picture that moms can reach for that instead of peanut butter or sugar cereal when they are on that aisle - even though it's full of sugar itself. I've never bought Nutella, but I have an underweight kid and wouldn't dismiss the idea if I could get more calories in him on a piece of whole grain bread. Probably the same sugar as his PB & J. This mom is just jumping on the litigious bandwagon. How did she figure out that Nutella was full of sugar after she bought it? By reading the label - something she should have done before she bought it. Which she probably did anyway, and saw opportunity knocking. I'm all for truth in advertising, but it's getting to the point where the nutrition is going to have to be in idiot's terms on the front of packages because our society is becoming both increasingly helpless and litigious - not a good combination.

                                                  2. re: chowser

                                                    the ad campaign has always made me cringe because the message is absurd...but it doesn't warrant a frivolous lawsuit. it disgusts me that people waste the judicial system's time and taxpayers' money with crap like this. and you've gotta love the message she's sending to her children. "Now kids, I don't want you to learn how to be proactive and take responsibility for your own actions and decisions...that's for suckers. The key to success in life is to blame everyone else for your stupidity."

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      Let's be honest. This lawsuit is strictly about the money. I'm sure she's not fooled. I don't like the lawsuit, as I said. I think the ad is misleading. This woman probably saw an opportunity to make money and got herself a lawyer. That's why I added the analogy of suing Toyota because buying a Highland didn't make her a cool mom.

                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                        My first thought was that she couldn't take a minute to read the label and do the math, but she could find a lawyer to blame someone else. I think the advertising is misleading in its claims, but that's why the labels are there for us.

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          I'd bet you a big ol' jar of Nutella that SHE didn't find a lawyer, the lawyer found her. There are plaintiffs firms that specialize in going after food companies for "misleading" claims. The lawyers see the TV commercial, and decide the claim is colorable enough that they won't get sanctions for bringing it. Then they advertise to find a suitable plaintiff (e.g., one with kids, who can prove she bought the product, who could be considered by the court as an appropriate representative of all mothers everywhere who bought the product and fed it to their kids, etc.). Then they sue with their plaintiff, turn it into a class action, impose burdensome discovery costs and PR costs on the company, and get it to settle for several million. The lawyers take home a nice 15-30% of that settlement for doing basically zero work. (Hell, they probably had their paralegals draft the discovery requests.) It's quite a nice racket they've got going.

                                                          1. re: charmedgirl

                                                            Chicken or the egg; same ridiculous claim.
                                                            Now pass me that jar of Nutella, pls :)

                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                              Will Justin's almond chocolate do, or will you be needing all 21 gms of sugar? ;-)

                                                    2. re: chowser

                                                      It can be part of a nutritious breakfast but that is up to the purchaser of the product. The judge should through the case out of court and make the lady pay the other sides costs.

                                                    3. It is amazing though, that people actually think Nutella is nutritious. We were just talking about it last night. My friends were surprised that it wasn't very healthy. just another example of misleading advertising done by companies to get your money.

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                                                      1. re: kprange

                                                        kp, don't we all wish deliciousness on a spoon was calorie-free. Wishful thinking has sunk many a diet and the best of intentions. We want our cake and eat it too, yes?

                                                        We share some of the responsibility for what we eat. Advertising has been around long enough for (most) of us to know the diff btwn fun and folly.

                                                        Lawsuits on the other hand have their own motivations.

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          Even my 8 yo gets that most commercials just say things to make you want to buy the product. An adman, some 27 yo marketing intern, and a product development team are NOT responsible for the choices I make in life. Would that it were so...

                                                        2. re: kprange

                                                          My husband and I were just talking about this, too. We were also surprised they tried to pimp it as healthy when it so obviously isn't.

                                                          1. re: kprange

                                                            just another example of misleading advertising done by companies to get your money.
                                                            ~~~~~~~~~~
                                                            but this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. marketers have always found ways to get around the expectation of truth in advertising. my problem with lawsuits like this one is that they promote the notion that we shouldn't be responsible for our own choices. the folks at Nutella didn't blindfold her so she couldn't read the label and then put a gun to her head and make her buy the product and force-feed it to her kids.

                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                              "the folks at Nutella didn't blindfold her so she couldn't read the label and then put a gun to her head and make her buy the product and force-feed it to her kids."

                                                              I hope her kids will sue her for Parental Malpractice for feeding them 21 gms of sugar for breakfast.

                                                              To be fair, with the gov't health authorities once more promoting fat, protein and sodium reduction, folks are going to keep turning to starches and sugars to fill the void, with more of the same results we've gotten since the initial pyramid implementation.

                                                            2. re: kprange

                                                              I think there are people, as in this thread, who see the hazelnut and chocolate and think there are health benefits, even though the amounts are minute.

                                                            3. ghg, so many mind bobbling news reports in a given week. how do we pick?
                                                              i'm off to make a Nutella sandwich in celebration.

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                                                              1. Was this idiot spooning it out of the jar directly into her kid's mouth? Most people probably eat around one tablespoon of the stuff a day. So how much could it do good or bad anyway? Hope the court laughs in her face.

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                                                                1. re: Bob W

                                                                  "Was this idiot spooning it out of the jar directly into her kid's mouth? "

                                                                  Hey, wait, is there another way to eat it?;-)