Is Nutella good for you?
Nutella is like Marmite because you either love it or you hate it. If you can’t get enough of the stuff, it’s worth finding out if it’s good for you. Is it healthier than a chocolate bar or just as bad? We’ve had a look into for you.
So what’s in it?
The ingredients are pretty simple. Sugar, modified palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk powder, whey powder, lecithin, vanillin. Well, the things that stand out here are obviously the sugar and oil. We’re also interested in the notion that the firm’s advertisers give that there’s a small amount of cocoa and a large amount of skimmed milk. That’s the image you get from one of their commercials on the TV but when you take a closer look at the ingredients, it’s clear that there’s more cocoa in Nutella than skimmed milk.
Let’s face it adults can make informed decisions about what they eat but kids like what they like, so our concern here is whether Nutella as part of a regular breakfast routine makes any sense whatsoever for your children. The firm’s website certainly suggests that it does: “NUTELLA can be part of a balanced breakfast, spread on whole grain toast and served with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit.” These guys have been told off before for giving misleading information in their adverts. We’re not so sure that the Nutella is adding anything to the balance there because it’s not one of the four main food groups that nutritionists recommend we consume: Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk Products, Meats & Alternatives. You wouldn’t give your kid a Mars Bar for breakfast would you and Nutella’s made up of pretty much the same ingredients.
The issue of Nutella’s sugar content also makes this product not an ideal one to consume regularly. In 2014, the World Health Organisation recommended that kids have a daily intake of no more than 12.5g of sugar. Nutella for breakfast really isn’t doing your kids any good on that score either.