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Fucking Nestle and their 'Battle of the Breakfasts'

(42 Posts)
goldiehorn Thu 31-Jan-13 17:06:01

I saw an advert for this today and went on to the website knowing what I would see there.

As expected they have made out that cereals like Cookie Crisp are a healthier choice than egg on toast, because they contain less fat.

First of all they have based the nutritional value of cookie crisp on a 30g serving which is so small, I dont think anyone actually only has 30g for breakfast, even kids. Yes, unsurprisingly egg on toast has more calories than this tiny serving of cereal, but the cereal contains a massive 18% of an adult's gda of sugar. But when you go on the 'why breakfast' info section of the site, it says nothing about sugar (apart from that apparently cereals can contribute 5% of your daily sugar needs hmm )

Also they have used white bread for the egg on toast comparison (and have, I imagine chosen the saltiest and highest in calorie bread to do this) and have used 20g of salty marge rather than a scraping of unsalted butter.

Ok, so I know IABU to be surprised at this from Nestle given their past form, but this just makes me so cross. They are purposely playing on parents worries about ensuring that their child eats something for breakfast to peddle their shit. Yes I know sugar aint crack blah blah blah, but cookie crisp for breakfast every day is NOT a healthy start for a child, even if it does contain wholegrains and are low in fat. Yet Nestle are using a website like this to try and insist to parents that actually cereal is healthy.

AIBU to think this website is bullshit? Surely there must be some way of stopping this, this is why the children of this country are headed for an obesity crisis. They think that stuff like this is not only normal food, but healthy food.

MechanicalTheatre Thu 31-Jan-13 18:13:22

I'll tell my mam SPB maybe she can time travel to the 80s and feed me properly this time.

grin

gemma4d Thu 31-Jan-13 18:30:36

They are spending millions on their advertising. They wouldn't if it didn't work. Whether its children, or less educated people who don't understand nutrition, or any other group, someone is being persuaded by this information. I think it shouldn't be allowed - not when it's basically lies.

Remember nutella - made with milk, hazelnuts and cocoa powder. Are you sure they didn't miss a main ingredient off that list?

PolkadotCircus Thu 31-Jan-13 18:38:38

It might be worth contacting the advertising complaints people,you can do it online.I did re McDonalds Fruitizz and they took it really seriously,sent me a follow up report and everything.Said several people had done the same and you know the saying re the squeaky wheel.It may come to nothing but the more people that show their displeasure the better.

Softlysoftly Thu 31-Jan-13 18:53:33

Agree with pp contact the advertising standards authority and complain. Even if they are technically right the spirit of the advertising is wrong and I believe they cover online now.

I would also like to see that low sugar list as I find it impossible to find something on the aisles!

PolkadotCircus Thu 31-Jan-13 18:56:59

It only takes 2 minutes too,it's soo easy and quick.They're really nice to deal with,you get a proper letter back not a computer generated thing.

anklebitersmum Thu 31-Jan-13 19:07:42

and this is the reason I am known as a breakfast dictator. Mine get over-excited when they're allowed 'special holiday cereal' like multi wheats or cornflakes and when Nanny bought them a chocolate cereal...well! grin

Yfronts Thu 31-Jan-13 19:27:28

I'm a breakfast dictator too. Oats or eggs here.

BombayBadonkadonks Thu 31-Jan-13 20:01:36

That fruitizz from maccyDs was awful!

Serenitysutton Thu 31-Jan-13 20:38:06

Do branflakes really have lots of sugar? They're not sweet at all!

SirBoobAlot Thu 31-Jan-13 20:49:59

Nestle manage to make out that they give a shit about people every single day. When in actual fact they are a mulit-billion pound company who care about nothing other than making as much money as they can.

This series of adverts is terrible but unsurprising, frankly. Seeing as they have recently also declared that water isn't a human right and should have a price tag on it.

Trazzletoes Thu 31-Jan-13 20:59:46

I know Serenity, I was shocked! But they are pretty bad for you. Weetabix all the way!

i grew up on coco-pops and Frosties. grin It's amazing i have any teeth

i didn't know about bran flakes either. i'm going to have a bit of a sugar inspection in the supermarket next time i go.

fridgepants Thu 31-Jan-13 23:00:40

The adverts aren't aimed at children because food high in fat, salt and sugar can't be advertised to children (hence Tony the Tiger not appearing in ads since Ofcom brought the rule in). The TV ads only feature adults.

Having said that, I'm a grown-up and I keep having to tell myself that I'm not allowed Ricicles.

littleducks Thu 31-Jan-13 23:03:55

Complain to the ASA, listing the reasons and calculations as you did here. I complained a few years ago about dairylea lunchables being advertised as healthy/a balanced lunch whilst having shocking amounts of the RDA of fat and salt. My complaint was upheld...I was chuffed!

I normally consider myself to be well informed and capable of making good decisions for DD, but I was a bit surprised when I looked at the nutritional content of the breakfast cereals we offer her. I know I could have turned the box around at any time and looked, but I never have until now. Cheerios are 20% sugar, Rice Krispies are 10% sugar. I bought the Cheerios as they have them in nursery and I got the impression that they were quite carefully fed in nursery (no frosties or coco pops).

Trazzletoes Fri 01-Feb-13 06:53:35

<applauds littleducks>

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