A photograph of its raw ingredients has shocked fans of the spread. But is it really any worse than jam or marmalade?
Place of birth: Piedmont, Italy.
Appearance: Lovely brown gloop.
Yeah. Who doesnt love Nutella? Well, some people say it might be bad for you.
Bad for me? But nuts are healthy and its called Nut-ella. Doh. Well, someone in Germany has recreated a jar showing the ingredients in layers, and you can see its basically half sugar.
Holy moly! And about a third fat.
Roly-poly holy moly! Indeed. People are often shocked to see whats in their favourite snacks.
Quite rightly! These irresponsible food companies make sweet things that we like, print exactly how much sugar is in them on the side of every pack, then let us believe that they are healthy! Maybe people should just read the packets if they care so much? Then they would know that yes, all told, Nutella is 58% sugar.
See! But have you ever made jam?
I have not. Well, thats got a lot of sugar in it, too: 50% in the case of Hartleys strawberry jam; 65% in Daylesford Organic. Even Frank Coopers Original Oxford Marmalade is 54%. Rowse honey is 81%. Sweet spreads are mostly sugar. Just dont eat bowls of them.
How about the fat then? All right. Theres not much fat in jam. (Unless you butter your toast first.) Nutella, however, is 32% fat, most of which is palm oil.
The second most evil of all the oils! Yes, generally. Palm oil plantations have caused severe deforestation, threatening wildlife and the global climate. However, Ferrero, which makes Nutella, is much better than most companies at tracing its palm oil back to sustainable plantations. It could and should do more, but it shouldnt be the first company you boycott.
How about the cancer risk? I heard palm oil gives you cancer. Look, high-temperature refining may lead to more potentially carcinogenic contaminants, according to the European Food Safety Authority, but it doesnt necessarily think its unsafe. Besides, Ferrero says it doesnt refine its oil that way. People want food to be simple and dramatic, when its a hugely complex web of
Im bored. Yeah. Thats what I mean.
Do say: A teaspoon of Nutella contains about half a teaspoon of sugar. Chill out.
Dont say: I demand to have my cake, eat all of it and blame the baker for making me fat.