If your tongue says ‘yes’ to sweets all the time, I have no doubt your kitchen cabinets will have at least one jar of Nutella! Hearts of billions of people are won by this world famous Italian spread and it has been tried immediately after the introduction.
People all over the world add this delicious spread into all kinds of desserts they try with these days and it has been number one in the modern culinary trends. But it is much more than the regular and delicious chocolate with hazelnut cream we thought it to be!
Well.. it is the least expected!
An image which displays the ingredients of Nutella has journeyed viral due to the reveal of the facts that the public was unknown of. Palm oil is the main ingredient and also Nutella is tremendously high in sugar!
The five main ingredients are shown in the diagram: palm oil, skimmed milk powder, hazelnuts, cocoa and sugar. According to the reports it represents the proportion on the jar and it is shocking to see that it consists of 50% white sugar!
As per the reports of the FoodWatch, a quick look at the list of ingredients in Nutella is seen as follows: sugar, hazelnuts, vegetable oil, vanillin, cocoa powder, skimmed milk powder and soy lecithin.
But the companies are to list out the ingredients in the descending order by the weight from the largest to the smallest on the labels, so this how Nutella should be by the label: hazelnuts, vegetable oil, sugar (13%), cocoa powder (7.4%), emulsifier (soy lecithin), non-fat milk solids, flavour (vanillin).
According to this, the spread mainly contains sugar and vegetable oil but not hazelnuts! This image went viral because since it was reported to be taken out of supermarkets as a result of its “cancer-causing properties”.
Accordingly, the report released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says palm oil has more carcinogenic properties than any other kind of oil.
But Nutella did not agree to these claims, instead they said the palm oil they use is safe and of high quality.
The manufacturer of the product Nutella, Ferrero says that the recipe is top secret and they will not make any comment even if the facts of the image is correct.
The information of the nutrients provided on each jar of Nutella and their website, shows that every tablespoon contains 8.5g of sugar, and every jar of 400g contains a large quantity of 227.2g sugar.
Ferrero had to pay $3 million in April 2012 as a part of a class action lawsuit for misleading consumers by false advertisement of Nutella by showing it as “a part of nutritious breakfast”.
In addition to that palm oil, the cheapest oil in the market is used by Nutella to keep up the life of the spread for long and also to get the smooth texture.
This oil has been linked with the deforestation of main rainforests and has affected to wipe out huge populations of wildlife. This oil being added to most of our daily products and the excessive use of the oil has made nature to be affected negatively.
Over 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface is covered by palm oil plantations and world’s natural forests and human settlements are largely destroyed to get room for these “Green Deserts”.
According to Ferrero, Nutella cannot have its originality without the use of palm oil, and if any alternative is replaced it could cost an additional $8-22 million per annum.
He explains things against the image:
“We don’t disclose the full proportions of the ingredients in Nutella as our recipe is unique and we wish to safeguard this. The product’s label provides simple and clear nutritional information per 15g portion, or two heaped teaspoons, as well as per 100g. The ingredients are also listed on the Nutella website.”
“One of Ferrero’s core nutritional beliefs is that small portion sizes help people to enjoy their favorite foods in moderation. The labeling on our products enables consumers to make informed choices and helps ensure that Nutella can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.”
The manufacturer assured that Nutella is no longer a cancer agent:
“The health and safety of consumers is an absolute and first priority for Ferrero and we confirm that Ferrero products are safe. The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has analyzed the presence of contaminants in a large number of products and oils stating that the presence of contaminants depends on the oils and fats used as well as the processes they are subjected to.
It is for this reason that Ferrero carefully selects quality raw materials and applies specific industrial processes that limit their presence to minimum levels, fully in line with the parameters defined by the EFSA. In addition, our quality teams constantly monitor such factors and guarantee the food safety of our products to the consumer.”