It’s one of those things that’s almost synonymous with happiness to many. One Vice writer even dubs the act of eating it straight from the jar a “subcultural ritual.” There are donuts filled with it, and giant Nutella tubs for sale on Amazon. Needless to say, it tastes pretty marvelous. It’s also poisoning your family.
No, you’re not all going to keel over and die in the next hour. But you will potentially suffer several long-term health effects if you continue eating it on a regular basis.
Let’s start by looking at the ingredients of Nutella.
What’s in the Jar?
According to Nutella themselves, the product contains the following:
- Palm Oil
- Soy Lecithin
It all sounds pretty benign, right? Well actually, those ingredients are incredibly processed. Soy lecithin on its own has garnered quite a bit of attention and debate regarding its safety. You see, it’s not produced from the sort of soy you might associate with long-living Asian populations who consume high amounts of fermented soy products. Rather, it’s a non-fermented, genetically modified type of soy that the body has a hard time digesting.
Further, two tablespoons of Nutella contain a whopping 200 calories, 11 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar, about half as much as a can of Coke. And that’s just two tablespoons. If you know anything about Nutella consumption, you’ll know that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what many people eat in one sitting.
The Worst Part
We haven’t even touched the worst ingredient in Nutella yet, which is…
No, it’s not vanilla as you might think.Vanilla is an aphrodisiac, a stress reliever and mood booster. Vanillin is imitation vanilla, or ‘vanilla flavor.’ It’s a low quality sweetener produced to taste just like vanilla. And the worst part about it is that it contains unlabeled MSG, which has been dubbed a “slow poison.” It has zero health benefits and has been linked to a triggering of brain chemicals similar to those associated with addiction. MSG is also associated with ALS, a condition for which there is no known cure.