Anyone who thinks this chocolate spread is actually healthy must be living under a rock. Nevertheless, one “unsuspecting” mom chose to believe the hype–while also choosing not to read the labels–and won a cool $3.05 million in a class-action lawsuit. And now, thanks to her, if you too thought this spread was somehow healthy, you can get a piece of that.
The lawsuit which was filed by California mom, Athena Hohenberg, last year after she claimed to be “shocked to learn that Nutella was in fact, not ‘healthy, nutritious’ food, but instead was the next best thing to a candy bar, and that Nutella contains dangerous level of saturated fat.”
She may have been shocked, but I am more shocked that a judge actually sided with her and is making Nutella-maker Ferrero USA, Inc. pay out $3.05 million as part of the settlement, with $2.5 million to be divided among consumers who file a claim that they too were misled by the chocolate spread.
If you were one of those “fooled” consumers who didn’t bother to read the label–or just want to make some quick cash–the settlement is allowing anyone in the U.S. who purchased Nutella between January 1, 2008 and February 3, 2012 (or for Calif. residents between August 1, 2009 and January 23, 2012) to file a claim and recoup $4 for a single purchase and up to 5 jars for a maximum award of $20 per household.
Gee wiz. If this isn’t a message that we don’t need to take personal responsibility for our own health, then I don’t know what is.
Hohenberg claimed that she fed her 4-year-old daughter Nutella after seeing advertisements that suggested the spread was part of a healthy breakfast. Hohenberg was reportedly shocked to find out it contained 21 grams of sugar, 200 calories, and 11 grams of fat (3.5 of which are saturated) per serving.
Well, jelly is loaded with sugar too, but no one is claiming that is a misleading way to get us to eat whole grain toast or waffles. And peanut butter can actually have a lot more fat than Nutella (Jif has 16 grams per serving), and again, no one is suing them.
Here is the supposed misleading ad. And unless I’m missing something, it never once says that Nutella is “healthy”: