"Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites." - Anonymous

Friday, February 4, 2011

Awww, Nuts!

Have you seen this?

What do you think?

Do you want to know what I think? (If your answer is "no", then you can stop reading) If you do, thank you in advance.

The first thought that went through my head was "Really?" (Please remember that I live in Canada, and while we have been getting worse, we are still nowhere near as litigious as the States.)

I had many other thoughts, and now that I've had a day, I can't remember what order they came in. Sorry.

They went something like these: (though not necessarily in this order)

  • Did this lady fail high school chemistry?
  • Did this lady fail high school biology?
  • Can she read?
  • They do have nutrition labels in the States, right?
  • Companies have been using that "...part of a healthy breakfast..." line for eons. It doesn't mean their product is the most healthy part of said breakfast.
  • I love Nutella.
  • Especially smeared on a fresh crepe while I'm walking along the Seine by the Eiffel Tower.
  • My boys don't like Nutella on crepes. My boys don't like crepes.
  • How could they be mine?
  • Did she notice that sugar was the first ingredient?

I don't know about you, but in high school I learned about the difference between calories and Calories. I learned the chemical formulas for fructose, glucose, sucrose, etc., the chemical formulas for the breakdown of those sugars. And I learned how to calculate the amount of calories (energy) that could come from a measure of sucrose during metabolism.

My Mum taught me how to read nutrition labels (thanks Mum!) She taught me that ingredients are listed in order of amount, from greatest to least. I learned later how companies break up sugar content with different ingredients, thereby scattering them around the ingredient list.

Mum also taught me that once I had a healthy breakfast I could eat whatever I wanted. (She hates that I tell people this, and insists I have taken it out of context)

She also taught me to take responsibility for my actions.

If I choose to stuff my face with Nutella every morning, that's my choice. (I don't, by the way) But don't turn around and complain if I've gained weight in the process or suffered a myriad of health problems because of that choice.

And certainly don't sue the company.

I mean really...it's like suing the makers of Gushers because the amount of liquid they show kids covered in on their commercials is not the amount that's actually inside the little candy.

/end rant


Kami's Khlopchyk said...

I had not heard of this but you are right, it is as ludicrous as the lady who sued McDonald's when her hot coffee spilled on her lap when she went through a drive through.

Good Lord.

Use your brains people!

3LittleMonkeys said...

That is crazy! It makes me mad when people sue companies for their own stupidity! I mean come on, doesn't she have something better to do?!