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Nutella settles lawsuit from angry mom, drops health claims

A mother in California who claimed she was shocked to find that Nutella is nowhere near as healthy as she had thought has come out the winner in a lawsuit against the maker of the sweet, cocoa-hazelnut spread.

Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, has decided to settle two class-action lawsuits filed last year by consumers who said they felt deceived by the brand’s advertising.

Ferrero is settling the suits with a US$3 million payout.

In addition to the payout, Ferrero has also promised to change its Nutella labelling and stop running the misleading ads in question.

oh oh, they got caught. 

So if they lied about this, is it wrong to think they have lied about all their products? 

It is reported that Nutella is really more the equivalent of a candy bar melted into a 2 table spoon serving, not quite the nutritious  breakfast they claimed, in fact a two tablespoon serving contains 18% of your daily saturated fat value. So is it safe to believe the nutrion labels are accurate on any of their products? If they lie about one thing, who can tell. And what about all the other products, do they lie until caught? 

Honestly this makes me sick. I have ranted about this recently, advertisers/companies misleading people with claims that can cause health issues.

How about saying it is good and makes a healthy slice of full grained toast taste so good your kids will ask for more?

Instead the makers of Nutella misleadingly represented the spread as nutritious in their advertising, and failed to mention that most of the nutrition of the meals shown in their ads were from other foods in the pictures, such as the whole-wheat toast.

A two-tablespoon serving of Nutella contains 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3.5 of which are saturated and 21 grams of sugar. To put that into perspective, a typical chocolate and nut candy bar has 250 to 300 calories and 12 to 16 grams of fat.

So the sugar companies can now place ads, put 10 teaspoons of sugar in your milk for a healthy breakfast drink. (oh by the way a typical tin of pop has about that amount of sugar in it, some a lot more)

They tell us to read labels so we are educated consumers.. but the labels need to be honest and so do the claims.

*shakes my head* I am disappointed in you Ferrero. 


About sensuousamberville

I am a Practitioner, teacher and student. I think we should always be students, we should keep our minds open, to continue to learn. :-) Now a mother of two little ones.

One response »

  1. cgfarmerhayloft

    I seen this on the news last night! Hubby just bought a new jar and he said it will now be put into the garbage LOL I was/am not a fan of it myself 😦


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