We’ll take a quick refresher course then laugh at some hilarious ads.
5. Don’t be fooled by the false promise of whole grain! I freakin love waffles and I need to stop this bad habit, have you looked at how many calories are in your frozen waffles? But I bought whole grain… sorry but krusteaz does not have your health in mind. Next time you buy something that says whole grain check the ingredients, if a whole grain is not in the top 3 then it’s probably made mostly of white flour, which is definitely going to find a way to cling to your belly.
So did you get fooled by the clever marketing tactics of America’s sneaky corporations? Well check out these ads… the American consumer has a long history of gullibility.
Ayer's Cherry Pectoral
Depending on which list of contents you reference, this cure for colds, coughs and "all diseases of the throat and lungs" contained either morphine or heroin.
In the US, cocaine was sold over the counter until 1914 and was commonly found in products like toothache drops, dandruff remedies and medicinal tonics.
Metcalf's Coca Wine
Coca wine combined wine with cocaine, producing a compound now known as cocaethylene, which, when ingested, is nearly as powerful a stimulant as cocaine.
From 1898 through to 1910, heroin was marketed as a cough suppressant by trusted companies like Bayer -- alongside the company's other new product, Aspirin.
A mixture of heroin and glycerin. "No other preparation has had its therapeutic value more thoroughly defined or better established."
Contained 65 mg of morphine per fluid ounce. "For children teething."
Starting in the late 1800s, many breweries produced "food tonics," malt beverages containing around 2% alcohol that were promoted as "food in liquid form," aiding in digestion, increasing appetite and aiding in sleep. "A boon to nursing mothers."
A malt tonic from Pabst. "The best tonic prepares the way for happy, healthy motherhood."
Saved the best for last... ha ha ha... oh my blue ribbon beer....
(Thanks to http://www.pharmacytechs.net/blog/old-school-medicine-ads for all of the old medicine ads.)