What’s in your favourite spread? Is Nutella Healthy?
Nutella is a chocolate flavored Hazelnut spread originally made in Italy since 1964. It is a sweet and tasty spread which is loved by many children and adults all around the world.
If you are a Nutella lover, have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Is Nutella healthy?” Well, read on and find out a few things about Nutella.
Healthy or Not: Nutella - What’s in the jar?
Nutella is mostly made up of saturated fats,
in the form of Palm oil and processed sugars. These two ingredients make up 70% of the popular spread and are what makes the texture so smooth and creamy.
Healthy and good for you Hazelnuts and Cocoa, only account for less than 30% of what goes into the spread. Keeping that in mind, the only way to make Nutella part of a healthy meal, is to eat it with whole grain bread, as the health benefits of its main ingredients, are questionable.
Is Nutella Healthy?
When you look at the ingredient list on a jar of Nutella, the first two ingredients you’ll see are Sugar and Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil). When you go shopping for groceries, remember that the ingredients on an ingredient list are written in order of quantity, from highest to lowest.
To ensure you eat foods that are minimally processed, I suggest you buy products with an ingredient list of 5 or less. In fact - the less, the better.
Taking Nutella as an example, if the first two ingredients are Sugar and Vegetable Oil - that means the spread is mainly made of up of processed sugar and saturated fat. Hazelnuts, which are 3rd on the list, only make up 13% of Nutella, even though it’s a Hazelnut and Chocolate spread. So is Nutella healthy, really?
Healthy or Not: Nutella - The Nutella Nutrition Facts.
Nutella Nutrition Facts
Let’s take a look at the Nutritional Facts label you can find on a jar of Nutella. It clearly shows that a 37 gram serving of Nutella (about 2 tablespoons) has 12 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar.
That’s a whooping 33 grams! This means that all the other ingredients, including healthy hazelnuts and cocoa, account for only 4 grams of the total 37 grams of Nutella you spread on your toast!
It’s no wonder that last year, Ferrero, the company that produces Nutella, agreed to settle an angry mother out of court. The woman claimed to be shocked when she learned that Nutella was actually more of a candy bar melted into a jar, as opposed to the healthy and nutritious food that commercials claim it is.
I invite you to watch the video below. It’s a great example of a Nutella commercial that may have led someone to become misinformed regarding the nutritional value of the spread.
Healthy or Not: Nutella - An Impartial Commercial?
My advice to you, and all the mothers out there, who are unintentionally loading their children with sugar, and wondering why they’re so active (you even suspect they might have ADHD) - is always read the food labels!
Whenever you go food shopping, pay attention to the ingredient lists! In order to fulfill your responsibility of feeding your kids healthy and nutritious foods, you need to become a bit of a food detective when you buy groceries. It’s all for the benefit of your family, and a healthy, happy next generation.
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To a more healthy you.