Ok I know I promised you my next post would be about flaxseeds. But I had to interject with this post on Nutella. Nutella is NOT healthy! I’m sure ALL of you knew that. But apparently a few mothers around the country, particularly in San Diego, saw the television ads and thought Nutella was just like peanut butter and fed their kids Nutella sandwiches. Um, hello? They then realized that Nutella WASN’T healthy, probably because their kids were getting obese, and decided to file a lawsuit against the chocolate maker… and WON!
Apparently the Nutella ads stated “Nutella is made with simple, quality ingredients like hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of coco,” which somehow misled these mothers to believe that Nutella was something to feed their kids everyday. Again, um hello?! Two tablespoons of Nutella has 200 calories, 22 grams of carbs, and 21 grams of sugar!
Confession time: when I was in college, I used to eat Nutella out of the jar with a spoon in my dorm room. Sometimes, with my fingers! Hey, I was college kid… we didn’t have utensils other than the ones we stole from the dining hall. The dining halls closed way too early and studying for finals at Cornell was sooo stressful!! I didn’t jump off Cornell’s infamous suicide bridge but instead ate gobs of Nutella to deal with stress. I didn’t need anyone to tell me but I KNEW Nutella wasn’t healthy. C’mon, chocolate = healthy? More like, carrot sticks = healthy. Nutella just tasted so darn good, especially during studytime!!
No excuse for eating Nutella by the jar but it was, and still is, my guilty pleasure. To say the least, I gained the “freshman 15″ because of that bad habit. Now, as a treat, I will spread a bit of Nutella on toasted whole wheat bread and eat that once in a blue moon. Okay, on full moons too . Confession time: I’m also baking my mom a Mother’s Day cake, which will be frosted with Nutella. Hey, my parents are not as fanatic about health as I am! Gotta make Mom happy .
Chocolate isn’t all bad. Refer to my Valentine’s Day post on dark chocolate. A little of that is definitely okay!
If you’ve had a love affair with Nutella like I’ve had, you can actually get your hands on part of the money from the lawsuit. Thanks to those moms, we can get our share of the $3.5 million lawsuit. Yup, just tell them how many jars of Nutella you bought between Jan. 1, 2008 and Feb. 3, 2012, (or Aug. 1, 2009 and Jan. 23, 2012 in California) and file a claim. Click on this link to file the claim. I already did .
From the $3.5 million lawsuit, that means each Nutella consumer will receive around $4 per jar. And you don’t need to provide receipts or proof of purchase . If you file and get your money, PLEASE PROMISE ME that you will use it to go buy some CARROT STICKS?
Ok, next post for sure unless another lawsuit comes up where I need to inform you all to get your dibs on some $$$$$$$$ : FLAXSEEDS! :)