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What Exactly is NUTELLA Made Of? Let’s Find Out

What Exactly is NUTELLA Made Of? Let’s Find Out

We hate to you this, but, when you break down all of the ingredients in the delicious hazelnut spread, it is really not that healthy! You might actually be better off consuming a candy bar for breakfast!

But, despite knowing that the delicious NUTELLA chocolate spread is not the healthiest of options, most of us tend to eat it on a daily basis. You add it in cakes, on toast, or eat it straight from the jar.

NUTELLA contains chocolate, milk, and hazelnuts, so how bad could it be?

It may be worse than you think.

What is Nutella Made of?

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A jar of Nutella only contains 5 ingredients, and these are palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, sugar, and skimmed milk powder.

Advertisers and marketers play up the fact that it is made of delicious hazelnut spread with no preservatives or artificial colors, therefore, you feel good about consuming it daily or giving it to your kids.

But, what they do not outright say is that more than 1/2 of the jar contains pure sugar.

The nutrition label states that each jar contains about 21 grams of sugar per 37 grams of spread. The second most used ingredient is palm oil, which is solid fat. Therefore, you are really not getting that much hazelnut.

Also, according to nutritionist Meghan Telpner, the spread is laden with sugar, it should be banned from every breakfast table.

According to Telpner, NUTELLA “contains processed sugar by weight and 70% saturated fat, with a 2-tablespoon serving containing at least 200 calories“.

To endorse healthy eating, Ferrero, the company that manufactures Nutella said, “One of Ferrero’s core nutritional beliefs is small portion sizes can help consumers to enjoy their favorite foods in moderation. The labeling on all our products enables the consumers to be able make informed choices, and therefore helps ensure that Nutella can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.”

If this does not stop you from eating the delicious chocolatey spread, maybe you can just cut back on the portion size a little. Also, you can try some Nutella recipes, but, make sure, to enjoy your Nutella in moderation.

Source:
Reader’s Digest
Unilad UK

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Lisa is a researcher in beauty and health products from Australia. She spends most of her time studying health sciences and when she is not working she writes about her findings and experience on various blogs.

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