10 Weird Vintage Food Ads That Would Not Be Allowed Today

I’ve written a ton of vintage-centric posts here on Gurl, including ones about vintage ads. From vintage ads for feminine hygiene products to vintage ads that body shame in the most awkward way, the ads of yesteryear are so weird from a 21st century perspective. Why? Probably because they’re simultaneously politically incorrect and innocent. That same ignorance can definitely be seen in wacky food ads of the time. Seriously, there were ads suggesting that multiple tablespoons of sugar were the keys to health. Pretty sure that would be banned today for false advertising or something. I mean, hey, I love sugar as much as the next chick, but let’s be real.

Sugar is just the beginning of the fake science weirdness. Check out these 10 vintage food ads that totally wouldn’t be allowed today.


Which of these ads is the most ridic to you? What other weird vintage things would you like to see covered? Tell us in the comments!

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