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For all those that think ALL parents know what's good

for their kids.

Nutella must pay parents who thought chocolate spread was a healthy choice

But some observers have had it with what they see as faux-naivete on the part of people such as the mom who filed the suit. Over at The Stir, blogger Julie Ryan Evans says it's a company's job to try and sell us their products.

"I'm sick of parents blaming everyone from McDonald's and their Happy Meal toys to cereal companies and their jovial cartoon characters for trying to make their kids fat and unhealthy, when it's our job first and foremost to determine what foods they eat and don't. It's a little thing called personal responsibility," she writes. "So congratulations on the lawsuit, but I find it ridiculous, and it's frankly insulting to consumers and mothers who DO read labels."

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You used the word "ALL"

lumping every parent into an unrealistic category. McDonald's never claimed that their Happy Meals with a toy was healthy....they used a sales gimmic to sell a product. Just as cereal makers used toys inside their boxes for years. And Ovaltine made offers of 'decoding rings' etc. Nutella inferred with their advertising that their product WAS healthy when, in fact, it wasn't, which is why they are settling. However, it is STILL up to the parents to read the labels and realize that a product ISN'T healthy and STILL make the choice about whether to buy it or not. It is specifically a company's responsibility to not give false advertizing regarding their product.....If information is left out, it infers that the product isn't being sold as 'healthy', and it is then the parent's responsibility to determine whether they buy it or not. Just as with chocolate.....milk chocolate is candy that will put on weight and isn't 'healthy', but dark chocolate actually has benefits to the heart. BUT it is up to the consumer to use common sense and know that dark chocolate, as with anything else, is only good in moderate amounts and not something you're supposed to pig out on figuring 'more is better'. Same thing with red wine....a glass a day is good for the heart....more than that and you are only getting soused and excusing that excess as an excuse for being good for your heart.

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For for those that think parents know what's best for their kids.

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Just like there are stupid kids

who are mesmerized into voting for a 'rock star'....there are stupid adults who believe everything an advertiser pushing a product will tell them or hint at. How many adults are buying into the 'solar panel' crap without knowing that those panels have to be replaced every 15 years and that 'somebody' has to keep them cleared of snow in the winter (how often do you think you can climb all over a roof before you have to also replace all those shingles). Now add up your electric bills, your gas bills, and your wood and compare it to that and you'll figure out why there is no market for them.

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