This is a true story about my then 10-year-old daughter and her Nutella addiction. Don’t tell her this article is written about her and her Nutella phase, she really dislikes when I talk about her. Are all preteens like this? The result is that my daughter tackled her addiction in a unique way. Check it out!
Your daughter absolutely LOVES Nutella.
Really? I didn’t know that. We don’t have it at home, we have peanut butter instead.
Well, she ate 5 slices of bread with Nutella smeared on it for the snack this afternoon.
Oh my god, I thought, that is a lot of bread and Nutella. What is this stuff? I just know it as sugar laden nutty creamy filled with preservatives marketed as healthy food to kids-stuff. (BTW: Check out this link to an article on the false nutritional images of Nutella. It really isn’t what the Nutella company tries to promote it as: healthy).
Here it is a week later…
We are back to another house to pick my dear daughter from a sleepover birthday party. A new mom says:
Wow, for breakfast this morning your skinny daughter couldn’t stop eating Nutella on bread. I had to stop her, thought she was going to be sick.
Oh, la, la…
On the drive home from the party I prod my daughter with questions:
I didn’t know you love Nutella so much. Do you miss it at home? We never buy it, just because it is not in our cultural habits, nor something that I consider an especially healthy snack or breakfast. Do you want me to buy you some? (Could she tell I was concerned?)
Yes Mom…Please Please….Buy the Nutella. I hate having a dietitian mom sometimes, you can be so strict with foods, always have to be healthy.
Better back off a bit. Get the Nutella. Be more flexible. Buy more junk food. Don’t want the kids overdosing on these “forbidden” foods at their friend’s houses. Really, I swear, I just don’t know what this Nutella stuff is. Going to make an effort.
The cure for her addiction? Pots and pots of Nutella. Bought one large pot. It was gone in a week. My daughter had 2 slices of bread and Nutella every morning for a week. The snack in the afternoon was the same. Second week started the same way. Halfway during the second week the pot stayed closed. Hmmmm. Hey, dearest daughter, do you want me to get you “your Nutella” for breakfast this morning?
Don’t like it very much anymore Mom.
By the third week she hated the stuff. Well, at least she had no more desire to consume large quantities of Nutella. The third pot of Nutella had to be thrown away. It was starting to go bad. (Who knows with that stuff, the shelf life. The pot had passed its date of expiration).
So, stopped buying Nutella. No one eats it anymore. Still buy the peanut butter. Trying to be flexible.
Thinking about doing the same experiment with my middle daughter. She is wildly addicted to pieces of baguette bread. Is there a baguette addiction cure? French toast for breakfast, grilled cheese for lunch, bread soup for dinner. Do that for a week or more and see if that cures her addiction. Haha. (Just kidding).
What do they put in that Nutella stuff to make kids (and some adults) addicted? Because doing a quick google search putting in Nutella addiction showed that my oldest daughter was not the only one in this dilemma. Read this wikipedia article on Nutella for more information.
And you? Reading this? Do you suffer from a semi-addiction to Nutella? Or baguette? Peanut butter? Tell us your story in the comment section. For sure, you are not the only one.
Update: Ferraro, maker of Nutella, has settled a class action suit brought by a California mom who believed that Nutella was marketed as healthy, when it isn’t. I am thinking of starting a class action suit in France (LOL) because I believe the same biased marketing practices are happening here. Read my article “Why Not a French Class Action Suit Against Nutella?”
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