This ad from my May 19, 1967 LIFE blows my mind. (scroll down for larger type)
It literally says, “Make sure you get sugar every day. People need what sugar’s got.” People don’t need more sugar. I’ve got plenty of sugar in me. I’ll tell you what I need: Lisa’s life. Lisa’s got it made. Trust fund much? I don’t see anything here about clocking in and working for the man.
Now THERE’S a metaphor!
In 1955, peanuts were amazing little salted bundles of protein that everyone could eat (as far as we knew). For a nickel, you could eat a candy bar of pressed peanuts. You could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on enriched white bread. You could fry wholesome meat in peanut oil. You could have peanuts out the wazoo.
But now schools and churches and even offices are mostly nut-free zones. We warn parents not to put nutty items in Halloween or Easter candy. And some of us just avoid them as the lowly cousin of grander nuts. But you might be missing out.