posted on Apr, 29 2012 @ 10:03 AM
I hate Nutella. I had never had it before I moved to Europe 20 years ago. When I asked what it was, my family in law did tend to make it sound as if
it is good for your somehow. Being somewhat prone to questioning everything I read the label, and just knowing it is almost pure fat made it
impossible for me to ever enjoy it.
I began being the pesky foriegner who would ruin the mood of every crèpe party by bringing that up and asking people how they can eat that.
It turns out that many of their ideas on what is good for you stem from war times, though. Like Chocolate is supposed to be so good for you and my
mother-in-law would bug me to make sure my kids were getting enough of it. Sugar is touted for the energy it gives you, and we have these bottles of
lemonade from my husbands childhood that didn't have any mention of lemon juice in them, but proudly announced the high levels of pure sugar they
But if you place these ideas in the context of people who have very little to eat... are underweight, some even starving, some fats and sugars even
are valuable. The magnesium in a bit of chocolate is better than nothing.
My mother in law grew up in those conditions and tended to pass the same ideas on to her children, despite the conditions being very different.
I'm just saying, I observe many differences in the way people view things from one country to the next depending upon history, and also, where one
country may not have a lot of obesity, things like fat and sugar are less detrimental. The manufacturers perhaps should have done deeper research into
the american culture before marketing their product over there in the same way it does in Europe!
Europeans will usually eat smaller amounts of everything, Americans will always go overboard.