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What’s in Nutella?

Nutella

Nutella is a form of chocolate spread that was invented in Piedmont, Italy about 53 years ago. It was originally a smart solution for the shortage of cocoa following World War II. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry chef from Piedmont, created a sweet paste made from hazelnuts, sugar and just a little bit of rare cocoa. This marked the creation of Nutella.

The main ingredients of Nutella include sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor. Someone in Germany recreated the jar showing the ingredients in layers. Health fanatics are bound to find the image horrifying:

Nutella

We’d like to draw your attention to the sugar portion, which makes up 58% of the spread! In perspective, a teaspoon of Nutella contains about half a spoon of sugar. Such high sugar intake so early in the morning will spike your blood levels, resulting in a plummet mid morning. This can contribute to poor concentration, hyper activity and aggression. Nutella overall contains 70% saturated fat and processed sugar by weight. In addition, the spread contains 15mg of sodium and 2g of protein per serving. 

And yet…

Nutella

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