OK, I’m sitting in front of the TV, blithely popping chocolate truffles into my mouth while watching “FBI: Portés Disparus” (I’ve never seen the program in English so I have no idea what it’s called in real life; it’s the one starring Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, et. al.) in other words another typical mindless calorie consuming Sunday evening.
Then, suddenly during the commercial break an ad appears exhorting the captive audience to say: “Non, aux frustrations! Oui au plaisir!” At the time I was deriving enormous pleasure from my truffles and was experiencing zero frustration. So much for a tranquil evening a la maison.
The ad was for a new product called Silhouette Active which tastes like skim milk or chocolate skim milk and contains among other ingredients: milk, oats (?), milk proteins, green tea and palm oil. (According to my husband’s cardiologist palm oil is poison. I chose boldface type because his doctor always raises his voice when talking about palm oil.)
Since palm oil is a trace 2.5 percent I’m not going to worry about it because of the promise that comes with the product: By drinking one or two of the tiny cartons each day the imbiber will eat 20 percent fewer calories per day. Its “active vegetable complex naturally reduces the appetite” by releasing something-or-other in the intestine which in turn “provokes” a signal to the brian that we’re no longer hungry.
I had my first taste today — obviously had I seen the ad before last night I could have averted the truffle incident — so I can’t report back on progress or efficacy. I promise you’ll hear more on the subject in the days and weeks to come.**
**I fear Silhouette Active is probably not available outside France, but if it doesn’t work you won’t care.