Do You Really Know What Nutella is Made Of?

Do You Really Know What Nutella is Made Of?

Nutella has always been the guilt-free breakfast spread of choice because it’s relatively ‘healthy’, giving eaters a chocolate fix without worrying about weight.

Not so fast.

We hate to be the bearers of bad breakfast news, but if you break down the actual ingredients that comprise Nutella…and it’s not that healthy for you. To put it another way: You may be better off having a candy bar for breakfast instead of the breakfast spread.

Nutella is made of five ingredients – cocoa, palm oil, hazelnuts, sugar, and skimmed milk powder. Their marketing team emphasizes the hazelnut with no artificial colours or preservatives angle, so you’re at ease eating it every morning or serving it to your kids.


What they don’t mention is more than half the jar is pure sugar.

The nutrition label states that each jar contains 21 grams of sugar per 37 grams of spread. Following that, the second most used ingredient is palm oil – which is code for solid fat. Compared to these dominating ingredients, the hazelnut is really an afterthought.

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

If this hasn’t turned you off Nutella (it hasn’t changed our minds), the least you can do is cut down on your heaping portions of the spread based on this newfound Nutella insight.

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