LOVE NUTELLA? HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT IT .AND OPT FOR A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE RECIPE
No wonder people are giving their children Nutella sandwiches for lunch, thinking it’s a healthy treat. But when you find out what’s really in that jar of chocolate hazelnut spread, you may think twice about eating Nutella.
WHAT’S REALLY IN MY NUTELLA?
It’s no surprise that the number one ingredient in Nutella is refined sugar. A whopping 21 grams in 2 Tbs! This is equivalent to an Oh Henry bar or three lollipops. There aren’t many people who would eat lollipops and candy bars for breakfast. One mother even sued the company for making claims that Nutella is a healthy whole food to feed her daughter.
On top of the heinous amount of sugar, they aren’t even using real sugar. Genetically modified sugar beets are a cheap sweetener that many big companies use to save money. Independent studies show major health implications from GMO “frankenfoods”, such as digestive problems, liver and kidney toxicity, and in the case of sugar beets, increased risk of diabetes (and you can read my previous articleMajor Study Links GMOs To Liver/Kidney Damage, Cancer and Severe Hormonal Disruptions.
Palm oil is a controversial ingredient as its production is unsustainable and destroying important and fragile ecosystems. Though it is a healthy saturated fat (which is fine if consumed in moderation), the method of procuring it involves unsavory practices like massive deforestation, indigenous rights abuses and animal cruelty. The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) states that the equivalent of 300 football fields of rainforest are cleared every hour to make way for more palm oil production.
This ubiquitous ingredient is present in nearly all processed food. A by-product of soy oil production, soy lecithin is used as an emulsifying agent.
Soy is another one of those pseudo health foods touted by the FDA to be part of a healthy diet. What they’ve failed to realize is nearly all soy is genetically modified, and it’s a substance with markedly high levels of xenoestrogens. These xenoestrogens are part of the reason reproductive cancer rates are soaring, they can cause low levels of testosterone in men, early onset of puberty, thyroid problems and more.
The soy industry has to be one of the sneakiest out there. Nearly all commercial livestock in North America are fed GMO soy. We are only beginning to see the implications of this food in our society. Bottom line, soy is in most processed food, make your own goodies and you won’t have to worry about it.
Vanillin is an artificial flavoring agent made entirely from chemicals devised in a lab to trick your taste-buds into believing it’s the real thing.