Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nestle's Weight Loss Program...For Pets

Sausage risotto
Food Diary (January 10, 2012)
Breakfast: Sourdough toast with boiled egg
Lunch: Sausage risotto
Dinner: Spaghetti with tomato sauce, bread

I froze part of the Lemon Delicious batter that I made few days ago. Today I baked them, one fully defrosted and the other still frozen. The Lemon Delicious rose but collapsed rather quickly. Now we know how soufflés and cake batter made with whipped egg whites behaves when frozen and baked. The Lemon Delicious was still very delicious and light, though not as light as the normal one. I will not freeze it next time but if I was served one made from frozen batter I would happily eat it.

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Source: Reuters
I am not sure whether to laugh or be shocked with this article. The title says it all “Nestle to help pets and owners lose weight online”. That’s right, Nestle has launched an online programme inviting pet owners to team up with their pets to lose weight. We haven’t fully solved the overweight problem in the human world and we are now already venturing into the animal world. I suppose Nestle has identified a potential opportunity and is trying to stay ahead of the competition.

Pet owners who sign up can obtain tips for exercising with their pet, record exercise taken, track weight loss and share photos with other users, Nestle said.

According to Lisa Talamini of Jenny Craig, "Two thirds of adults in the US are overweight or obese, and more than half of all pets in the country are also battling the bulge”.

I love dogs and had them as pets. I know for a fact that my dog was never interested in a diet. He was never interested in how he looked, he didn’t think that slimming down would be considered a plus by his potential girlfriends. He was slim though, probably because of regular exercise and high metabolism. But dieting never crossed his mind. Like all dogs, he knew he had a short life, and wanted to eat well whatever he wanted.

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19 comments:

  1. My dogs are a little rotund but I don't feel inclined to sign up for the program. I couldn't work out if that risotto was meant for the humans or their pups.

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  2. Seriously?! What have the pets got to say to that, I wonder. Another sales gimmick. Besides, I believe Nestle's the cause of obesity in pets in the first place. Friskies pet food contains a lot of unhealthy stuff according to my vet ... quite similar to fast foods. Go figure.

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    1. Exactly, another sales gimmick. Nestle's the cause of obesity, not just for pets! At least now they are suggesting humans and pets get together to fight obesity caused by them in the first place!

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  3. I suppose it sounds a little crazy but my friend's pets are overweight and it can be uncomfortable for the animal and they can develop problems later. Not that one needs Nestle to do it but sometimes pet owners do need to modify their pet's eating.

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    1. I guess it can be uncomfortable for animals. In extreme cases I suppose the owners should take responsibility

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  4. Sometimes, when I see horribly overweight dogs (especially old ladies have these), I think someone should tell them small dogs cannot eat as much as humans. Nestlé's idea is very curious. I thought they would sell special diet food for dogs... but not. It's just a marketing action I suppose.
    I have never frozen a cake (apart from puff pastry sheets to have them in cas of an emergency), I simply have a small freezer, so it's very interesting to read your experiences. (I think many US bloggers freeze cakes, they must have huge freezers).The most important is that the lemon delicious is still delicious :-)

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    1. Nestle's initiative seems to be PR motivated
      Most frozen dough for cookies, cakes etc produces results as good as fresh dough. Quite handy to freeze dough

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  5. Good to know about the cake batter! I've never actually tried to freeze it before...but now I'll know that if I'm going for presentation, I probably shouldn't. It looks like it still tastes delicious though!

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    1. Thats important I guess - still tasted good

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  6. I think my pets need to lose a bit of weight but exercizing with cats is almost counterintuitive.

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  7. Happy New Year! I haven't been visiting your site that long! :0 I like today's menu and your baking. The lemon delicious sounds delicious, good to know you can freeze the batter!

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    1. Thank you, happy new year to you too.
      Lemon delicious was delicious!

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  8. LOL, my pet is not interested in dieting either...she has never missed a meal :) And how funny that Nestles, creator of my hubby's favorite cookie recipe, is promoting a diet plan!

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    1. I don't think many pets are interested in Nestle's dieting plans! It seems Nestle wants us to force the dieting plans onto our pets!

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