Oh My! Woman Sues Jelly Belly. Didn’t Know They Contained Sugar…

The link to the original article is below, but I had to post this news item about a woman in California suing Jelly belly because she had bought a package of Jelly Belly Sport jelly beans and the product did NOT state that there was sugar in the product.

Evaporated Cane juice, yes, but sugar no.

Apparently, the marketing team at Jelly Belly really confused her by using  “fancy words” to mislead her into thinking that she was eating a sugar-free product.

Oh my.

She was so mad / embarrassed / that she decided to sue, and is bringing a class action suit against the makers of Jelly Belly just in case anyone else was duped too…

Stay tuned!





Breaking News: Children’s cereals are loaded with… GASP… Sugar.

As the urban daddy, it is my social responsibility to notify all my readers with children, or who want to have children, or are children themselves, that a recent study came up with some shocking information:

Kids’ Cereals Are Loaded With Sugar.

Are you okay?

Would you ever think about giving your child Twinkies or chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? According to a study done by an organization called the Environmental Working Group, many kids cereals are just as sugary as those desserts.

As parents, we’ve all walked down the cereal aisle with our kids and watched as their eyes bug out at the site of those colourful cereal boxes.  They want the cereals that are the most colourful or have the coolest shapes, and knowing that parents won’t buy it, manufacturers started placing words on the boxes such as; “healthy” ,”whole grain” or “great source of Vitamin D”?  That means they’re at least healthier a bit, right?

Not exactly.

The worst culprits hae the most sugar in them.  Cheerios, for example have 1 gram of sugar per serving, whereas the multi-grain Cheerios – healthier you would think by the name, has 8g of sugar per serving.  One serving of cereals like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (used to be Sugar Smacks but sugar is not healthy whereas honey could be healthy or organic), Post Golden Crisp, and General Mills Wheaties Fuel contains more sugar than the 18 grams packed into a Twinkie. A shocking 44 children’s cereals like Apple Jacks and Cap’n Crunch contain more than the 12 grams of sugar in two President Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies.

In an effort to fight the increasing rates of childhood obesity in the US, a panel of scientists and experts met in Congress and created nutritional guidelines for foods marketed to children. Believe it or not, but only one in four cereals met these proposed acceptable nutritional guidelines, meaning that three in four kids’ cereals should not even be marketed to children.

Of course, these cereal manufacturers have been lobbying against these guidelines, which are to take effect in 2016.

Due to high obesity rates in the US, Congress is looking at everything to do with kids diets to assist parents in keeping children healthy.  It started with removing soda machines from schools, adding back gym and now Congress is aiming at the food parents pick for their kids in the morning.  Since studies have shown that healthier children do better in school, it’s in the US government’s best interest to keep the population healthy.

Obviously, cereal is not the only answer.  Growing up we had one or 2 unhealthy cereals, but they always got mixed with a healthy one and eaten that way.  Nowadays, my kids gasp at the chocolate Cheerios but they know we’re not buying them.  Instead they find the healthier cereals and read off the amounts of sugar, sodium and calories. 

They know the Multi-Grain Cheerios at 6g of sugar per serving is special so they look to see which cereals have lower sugar amounts and they bring them to . 

Wouldn’t it just be easier if parents looked at their own eating habits: In our house, we set the rules of the household and we follow them too.  As role models we have to walk the walk AND talk the talk.  Leading by example builds credibility!  Our kids start the day with organic oatmeal or regulat and multi-grain Cheerious mixed with regular Cheerious, or plain yogurt mixed with frozen berries and seeds.  I could never imagine my kids wating so much sugar first thing in the morning.  How would they focus in school??

And boy have the times changed from when I was a kid!

Click below to see the Environmental Working Group’s full report and list of sugary cereals.


Raisins come from grapes…

Raisins come from grapes, people come from apes, I come from Canada…

That was a few lines from the Barenaked Ladies children’s song entitled, “Raisins”.  My kids, and wife, love that song.  It is rather clever and catchy.

But this post is not about the Barenaked Ladies – even though merely typing the tags, “barenaked” and “ladies” should result in a plethora of hits from perverts – but rather this post is about raisins.

You see this morning my son was completely bonkers.  So my wife and I tracked back to find out why.  We figured it out and we blame raisins.  Let me back-track and explain…

At over 8 months pregnant, my wife has mid-wife appointments every 2 weeks for now and I hate missing these appointments.  Forget being seen as a good husband for going – that’s so not why I go, but rather I live with her and I want to be on top of every feeling, issue or complaint she has.   With babies and pregnant woman, you can never be too prepared.  So I joined her for her late afternoon appointment with our youngest boy, while my almost 5-year-old (we call him Linus because he is attached to a blankie) was picked up form school by Gramma and off to dinner they went.

So the boys usually wind up in bed around 7-7:30pm but last night we all met in the driveway around 7:30 and there was Linus with a teeny tiny box of raisins.

Looks something like this;


 These are Sun-Maid raisins, not Sun-Kist, and if you google “sun-kist raisins” you are taken to Sun-Kist’s FAQ page in which they explain that they do not make raisins, and if you’re looking for them, you’ll need to go to the Sun-Maid website.

He also had 4 others in a ziploc bag.  

Thinking nothing about it, we let the boys finish their raisins, then we got them ready for bed…

But Linus didn’t sleep well.  He came into our room during the night a few times, tossed, turned and eventually woke up really early (before 6am), woke up his mummy and once downstairs for breakfast – looking very tired – was still really crazy and bouncing around the house.

Then my soon to be nutritionist wife did some research and found this following fact;

One box of raisins contains 20g of sugar. One Aero chocolate bar contains 24g of sugar.  Essentially, Linus ate almost 3 1/2 chocolate bars worth of sugar before bed.  No wonder he was crazy.  My son is not good on sugar.  Putting aside the fact that raisins are quite gummy and as a result the natural sugars stick to kids teeth and can contribute to cavities, I think of raisins in a totally new light!

Now we know!  Now you do too.

Things overheard on a Monday morning…

Actual snippets of conversations heard by me, on a Monday morning between 2 of my colleagues as they spend the first 2 hours of their day (before heading out to break) recapping their weekends.  nteresting to see what makes these guys tick.

Read on…

On people losing weight;
“Imagine being 600 pounds, eh? Now he’s like 160… He is a walking testimonial.”
“Yes, that is true. He’s a star traveller…”

About a woman each one met;
“What about that woman, she was, like 57?”
“She had cold hands. Maybe she’s hypo-glycaemic?”
“She’s nice. Actually, I thought she was pretty cute.”
“Oh, I liked her car.”

General… stuff;
“People that eat McDonald’s get parasites ALL the time…
(from no vegetables).”

“…Makes your brain get a little bigger…”

“It’s only one part of your blood. Microscopic cellular…”
(not a real description of blood)

“Can I get the hair taken off my back? My backside?
(UGH!!! Too much information!!!)

“I’m just telling you the story of engineering… of education… we’re not even near it… It’s money…”

“It’s all inter-connected… Some of it is inter-connected… It’s way out there…”

“Did you hear the one about Harper? Harper the defence guy? It’s all about energy fields and so on…”
(I think he meant Harper the Prime Minister of this country)

“Alien is not the name of a creature, it is the name for something foreign to your mind.”
(Believe it or not, this has to do with the assasination of JFK… Read on and you’ll see)

“JFK was killed because he wanted to stop the war. He could do that. He was going to tell the world that there was alien life. They didn’t want that to get out, so he was killed.”
(Errr…. Yeah… NOT)

“The Dali Lama’s are fighting all the Chinamen right now… Can’t freedom speak?!?”

Darfur. That’s a problem over there. They are killing each other over economics. Took them 8 years to get people over there. Could have been stopped. It’s disgusting.
(Over economics, eh? Wonder which one… Macro or micro?)

“I had a muffin. A muffin, the other day. A little one… Sugar rush to my head. Sugar is bad for you. Sugar and homogenized milk.”