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Postby paul_b » Mon 09.11.2006 5:33 am

I'm just going to moan a bit about one of my pet peeves. People who use "Fact" when what they are saying is debatable or just an opinion, particularly in advertising.

My breakfast cereal says

"Fact! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!"

Sure, you hear people say that but has anybody actually done a comparative study on the effect on health of missing each different meal?

It didn't help my mood that the breakfast cereal in question is one of those very sweet ones aimed at children. (OK, it was half price ^ ^; ) I think it should really have said ...

"Fact! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So why are you letting your children eat this fattening crap?"
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Postby keatonatron » Mon 09.11.2006 5:42 am

Agreed.
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RE: Fact!

Postby Infidel » Mon 09.11.2006 6:14 am

I also get advertisments where they say, "This is the only place to get......" or "Our product is the most......"

I've rarely found either to be correct. Being an american, I can't help but wonder if there is a lawsuit in there somewhere....
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RE: Fact!

Postby adam » Mon 09.11.2006 7:40 am

Usually it's just an annoying, unwarranted catchphrase but in this case there have been many studies that show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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RE: Fact!

Postby paul_b » Mon 09.11.2006 7:41 am

adam wrote:
Usually it's just an annoying, unwarranted catchphrase but in this case there have been many studies that show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Then no doubt you will be able to name a specific study that specifically says that.
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RE: Fact!

Postby keatonatron » Mon 09.11.2006 7:54 am

It makes sense: when is your body most starved for nutrition and read to absorb whatever you throw at it? Probably in the morning, after you've slept for 8 hours and haven't had anything to eat for 12 or so.

I don't think breakfast is the most important in terms of a meal you have to eat, I think it's the most important in terms of making sure you eat healthy things (your cereal box leaves that part out ;) )

"That depends on your definition of 'important'..."
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RE: Fact!

Postby AJBryant » Mon 09.11.2006 9:11 am

I remember my sweet cerial (usually Apple Jacks or Cap'n Crunch) with "A part of your healthy breakfast" -- and a picture of bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast, and cereal. Like *anyone* who has someone making bacon and eggs is going to eat CEREAL? (too?)


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RE: Fact!

Postby Chris Hart » Mon 09.11.2006 9:26 am

AJBryant wrote:
I remember my sweet cerial (usually Apple Jacks or Cap'n Crunch) with "A part of your healthy breakfast" -- and a picture of bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast, and cereal. Like *anyone* who has someone making bacon and eggs is going to eat CEREAL? (too?)


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Sounds like a complete array of American breakfasts. Only thing missing is doughnuts.
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RE: Fact!

Postby clay » Mon 09.11.2006 9:40 am

Sounds like a complete array of American breakfasts. Only thing missing is doughnuts.


It's funny, I had many more doughnuts in Japan than I eat here in Florida. I would go to MisDo (Mister Donuts), get the bottomless cup of コーヒー and of course donuts!
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RE: Fact!

Postby Mariya » Mon 09.11.2006 10:05 am

In my view, it's just business. Pure business tactics. I mean, if your selling a breakfast cereal you gotta put something attractive on your product, right? Most businesses don't actually care about fact, but more on exaggerating how wonderful and exclusive their products are.
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RE: Fact!

Postby hyperconjugated » Mon 09.11.2006 10:28 am

paul_b wrote:
adam wrote:
Usually it's just an annoying, unwarranted catchphrase but in this case there have been many studies that show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Then no doubt you will be able to name a specific study that specifically says that.

http://tinyurl.com/eak8j
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RE: Fact!

Postby requemao » Mon 09.11.2006 1:25 pm

hyperconjugated wrote:
paul_b wrote:
adam wrote:
Usually it's just an annoying, unwarranted catchphrase but in this case there have been many studies that show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Then no doubt you will be able to name a specific study that specifically says that.

http://tinyurl.com/eak8j


Also this one:
http://tinyurl.com/ztz33

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RE: Fact!

Postby paul_b » Mon 09.11.2006 1:32 pm

requemao wrote:
hyperconjugated wrote:
paul_b wrote:
Then no doubt you will be able to name a specific study that specifically says that.

http://tinyurl.com/eak8j

Also this one:
http://tinyurl.com/ztz33

Neither of which compares breakfast skipping with any-other-meal skipping and thus they don't provide evidence as to breakfast being the most important.
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RE: Fact!

Postby richvh » Mon 09.11.2006 1:32 pm

You might want to check out [wiki]How to Link[/wiki], requemao.
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RE: Fact!

Postby Mike Cash » Mon 09.11.2006 2:31 pm

Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. Were it not for boxes of breakfast cereal, a great many people would go through the day without reading anything at all.
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