Nutella is in Trouble!

The weather has been really weird here this spring so far. It’s been a lot colder than normal and there’s been hardly any rain. The Bottomless Pit (TBP aka my hubby) keeps saying how he’s worried about the crops. All he can think about is food lol!

Speaking of food, we  just got a new BBQ, check it out:

It’s a charcoal BBQ, which TBP  assures me makes the food taste even better than gas. I can’t wait to try it out. And I think it’s really cute. 🙂

What I wanted to talk about today is an article I just read in one of Canada’s biggest newspapers, The Globe and Mail.

Apparently, the makers of Nutella must pay a $3 million lawsuit because of claims they made about the spread being healthy and part of a balanced breakfast (full article here).

"Now, the makers of the popular hazelnut-flavoured spread have agree

d to a $3-million settlement to end four class-action suits filed in the United States that claimed that Nutella engaged in misleading marketing to portray its product as a healthy part of breakfast.

The women alleged they and other consumers were duped by Nutella television ads, which used words like “nutritious” and “healthy,” and by the company’s website, which quoted a nutritionist."

Now we all know that Nutella is far from healthy, especially after reading the Dessert Angel’s Guide to Losing Weight… Not to mention the fact that we’ve got the NOTella recipe (p. 66 in the Recipes Guide) for a real, healthy version that tastes even better than the store-bought stuff.

But I’m curious what your thoughts are on this lawsuit.

Do you think Nutella should be held liable for their claims, or do you think it’s “buyer beware” and that it’s up to the people buying the product to know whether it’s healthy or not?


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  • Lou Donin

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    I tried Nutella based on the claims of another nutritionist I follow – ISABEL DLR – without even reading the label – I won’t do that, again!

    When I did, I discovered that it contains a LOT of sugar – the enemy of fal loss… so, I stopped using it.

    Food compaanies SHOULD label their products – and, they should be held to a very high level of honesty. Food is a matter of life and death and should be accurately described under the Ingredients section of the label. Then, I can make an intelligent decision.

    Frankly, I am skecptical of the accuracy of the Ingredients section on anyone’s food products… as, I’m not sure of the level of federal regulation, if any. Does the FDA (or the like) regularly and randomly lab test packaged food products – for the accuracy of the ingredients?


    • Taryn

      Reply Reply May 1, 2012

      I actually work with Isabel De Los Rios, and I would just like to point out that she has never recommended Nutella as a good food to it. Nutella is made from hazelnuts (which are not raw), sugar (which she would never ever recommend), skim milk (pasteurized AND homogenized.. and not organic), and a hint of cocoa (which I’m sure is not a healthy cocoa). None of these ingredients are on Isabel’s list of good ingredients, so this product is definitely not something she’d recommend.

  • Kay

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    I think that Nutella is responsible for their claims and what they say in their ads. Consumers should be more aware of what they are buying but we tend to depend on the advertisements

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    People should be smart about what they put in their bodies. If it comes in a package with a list of ingredients, don’t eat it. Stick to one ingredient foods like veggies, meat and fruit (its a no brainer). Everyone should have figured out by now that the advertisements are trying to sell you something. Don’t be stupid. Do your homework.

  • Mary Lou

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    I think Nutella (and all other companies) should be held liable for their claims. Advertising goes hog wild and needs to be leashed into honesty.

    However, I also think it is up to the consumer to do the best they can to discover if a product is healthy or not. Although there are some basic rules for healthy, there are some that depend on the consumer. A common, but extreme example is peanuts. Some people (like myself) can eat peanuts with no problem (other than the calories if I eat too many 😀 ), while other people are so allergic that they dare not eat something processed in a plant that processes peanuts for any product.

  • Ylwa

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    I would say both. I come from Sweden and re-located to the US about 8 months ago and I have to say that some of the prejudices I had about “stupid american’s” have sadly become realized (although most people I’ve met have definitely proved the opposite to be true). I don’t know if it’s wishful thinking, ignorance, lack of knowledge or a combination of them all but seriously – which adult in their right mind will actually believe that Nutella is part of “healthy” or “balanced” diet? It’s not rocket science. It looks like chocolate, it tastes like chocolate and it smells like chocolate. What part of this equation will lead you to believe that it’s healthy? Because the advertisement say’s so? 60 years ago doctors portrayed billboards that claimed that cigarettes were in fact not bad for you at all, despite the increasing number of studies that linked cigarettes to cancer. Today it’s sugar and numerous “well-fare diseases”. When are we going to start to learn from our mistakes and actually reclaim some responsibility for our own lives?
    But I do think Nutella had it coming and they deserved what they got. Claiming Nutella to be a part of a balanced diet and an “all natural” spread IS misleading and they should be held accountable for those statements. I wouldn’t have mind filing the lawsuit myself based on those claims.
    Lou Donon – is Isabel De Los Rios the one your refer to as ISABEL DLR? I’ve been following her for years and I have a very hard time believing that she would actually recommend Nutella for anyone

  • Debi

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    It is acutally both, buyer beware and Nutella and any other company making false claims about their products should be held liable. With that said, it still continues surprise me that people still do not read labels of what they are buying. With all the information we have available to us, maybe it is time for mothers and fathers to be held responsible for their lack of concern at what goes into their children’s mouths, which in time causes so many health concerns. Everyone is responsible, but companies making so much money with false adverstising does not get any pity from me.

  • Kassandra

    Reply Reply May 1, 2012

    So many people are ignorant of what is actually healthy these days. We tend to leave everything up to the “experts” and in doing so, we can blame someone else for our poor choices. It’s inconceivable to think that a company would promote its product as unhealthy. While I don’t like the tactics many food companies employ, we ultimately decide what we put in our bodies and should take more care when making purchasing decisions. It’s basically the same as saying ‘if someone told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?’

  • ritika khanna

    Reply Reply May 2, 2012

    i have dessert angel book ……….wanted to know any replacement for hazelnut to make notella…as we dont get hazelnuts here……:(

    • Hi Ritika,

      First of all – you’ve got a great name! You’re the first Ritika I know! 🙂

      Why don’t you tell me what nuts you do have and I’ll pick the best of the bunch.


  • Lesley

    Reply Reply May 2, 2012

    With life being as busy as it is, it’s not always possible to read every label on every product you purchase, especially when numbers are used instead of the names of the ingredients.. Companies should be held responsible if they publish information that is deliberately misleading and harmful to the public. The Nutella people are filling their pockets at the expense of children’s health. The average shopper isn’t a trained nutrtionist and many people do not question the message put over by clever publicists. This is a problem that should be addressed through education from the very beginning about correct eating habits. If children grew up knowing what refined sugar and other such products do then there would be no way of deceiving them.

    • jim

      Reply Reply June 1, 2012

      Yes but there is also a common sense factor that needs to be addressed and they shouldn’t be able to print false claims but people shouldn’t also get rich on being stupid either and being that ignorant to think that something like nutela is actually healthy. There is also a personal responsibility to educate yourself as well before you put something in your body

  • Celeste

    Reply Reply May 2, 2012

    If this lawsuit goes through doesn’t that mean every food company that claims their food is healthy when it really isn’t can get a lawsuit agaisnt them too? It is very confusing when so many people who are professionals when it comes to health have contradiciting claims. It isn’t right for food companies to lie to the general public when it is a known fact that ingredients they have in their food are not healthy for us to eat.

  • Mark

    Reply Reply May 6, 2012

    Really? Some people will do anythimg to earn a quick buck. Of course Nutella isn’t healthy, but kids enjoy and in small doses it’s not going to kill you. Like any food it’s all about moderation. If you eat to much of anything it’s not going to do you any good. Are we going to sue water companies for saying water is healthy for you but they didn’t tell you that if you drink enough you can drown? Read the label people! All ready made food contains additives, preservatives and so forth. Even lovely healthy sounding cereal contains vast amounts of salt and sugar and goodness knows what’s in wholemeal bread. Ok so the companies are naughty for branding as healthy and should be forced to change the advertising, but really are people so stupid as to believe anything they tell you? Just read stuff and you’ll find out what you’re consuming. Even ‘healthy’ fruit and veg has pesticides all over it unless it’s certified organic, but then the rain water must have goodness knows what chemicals in it anyway after what we put into the planet. Honestly!

    • Debi

      Reply Reply May 10, 2012

      Just for your pleasure and eye opening moments, read the book “The Paleo Answer” by Loren Cordain. Definately good to learn different views. Actually, everyone should read it. Maybe we are all being led by the Piper.

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