Monday, May 21, 2012
Nutella Lawsuit Nonsense?
I've read stories about the lawsuit and there is a lot of uproar since she won the lawsuit and the company shelled out $3.05 million (most of it to be divided amongst Nutella customers who can get a $4 refund). What people are saying is that this is a silly lawsuit because if she would have only stopped and read the Nutrition Facts label then she would have seen that a serving of the product contains 200 calories, 11grams of fat and 21grams of sugar, and she would have known that this was not a healthy breakfast choice for her daughter. What people don't realize is just how strong advertisements can be to the population and that we will buy products based on our memories of seeing the product on TV or a website ad. There is SO MUCH research that says that we make a lot of our purchasing choices based on what we see or hear in the media, whether it be a good or bad choice.
See, people don't know that this isn't a good choice for a healthy lifestyle. She saw the commercials, took it for granted that what she saw was a company promoting their healthy food by showing happy healthy active kids eating Nutella and their slim and beautiful mothers looking contently onward. Nope.
Now we just need moms to look at the Nutrition Facts labels of all those "whole grains cereals" that they are buying for their kids. Yeah they may have bumped up the fibre by a gram or two, but the content of the cereals are still packed to the max with lots of sugar. Oh the lawsuits to come in the near future!