Nutella is a worldwide brand, a well-known word which makes kids go crazy over it. The story of Nutella had begun in 1964, when the Italian Company Ferrero started to produce this jar full of deliciousness.
The brand is still held by the same company, but it is also produced in many countries by local manufacturers.
Nutella was a success from the moment it appeared, kids cried over it and parents had headaches because of it. As the time passed and with the various marketing strategies, Nutella has become the number one product.
Parents must buy it, kids simply adore it, and manufacturers must produce millions and millions. It seems as a win-win situation, but is it?
Since we are little, we learn that sweets are unhealthy and harmful for us and yet on Nutella`s label stands the sign “No Artificial Colors and No Artificial Preservatives”, which may fool us into buying this product, but if we go further into the jar`s label and do a little research, we will see that not only is Nutella completely useless for consumption but it`s also far from healthy.
When we open a jar of Nutella, we see a delicious cream made of hazelnut, which not only smells nice but it also tastes great. In order for manufacturers to get that even texture, Nutella undergoes heavy processing which results in losing all the valuable nutrients.
Nutella is produced from the following ingredients (as it`s said on the jar): Palm oil, hazelnuts, sugar, reduced minerals whey (milk), skim milk, vanillin, soy lecithin as an emulsifier (or “the finest raw materials”).
Nutella contains four GMO ingredients
It`s a waste product and its function is to keep fats and water from separating in processed food such as peanut butter, ice-cream, margarine, baby formulas. Even though soy is consumed a lot in the east, the west has different policies when it comes to manufacturing soy.
Soy products are definitely genetically modified and are regarded as extremely dangerous for the environment and especially for consumers, causing immunological alternations, creation of allergies, premature puberty, uncontrolled weight gain and even breast cancer. Genetically modified soy contain toxicants which have fatal effects.
2. Skim milk
Due to the vast production of milk and its enormous need on the market, we can only assume the conditions under which manufacturers get huge amounts of milk. Cows are fed on GMO corns and they also use plenty of supplements in order to increase the production and reduce the cost. This results in bad quality, tasteless milk made of powdered milk and causes bad cholesterol.
This ingredient gives the flavor in the Nutella, it is produced in China and it also cause addiction by stimulating the brain and the hormone of happiness. Notorious ingredient responsible for destroying brain cells. However, people mistake vanillin for vanilla, but this is just an extract which gives the taste and flavor and it`s actually the most dangerous ingredient in Nutella and it`s full with chemicals. It`s mainly produced in China (about 90% of it) and this includes Nutella.
But what is even more terrifying, vanillin contains MSG, a “secret ingredient” that couldn`t be classified both as vitamin nor mineral, but it has been proven to stimulate our reward system of the brain and therefore makes us eat more and more. MSG on the other hand, is consisted of glutamate, sodium and water. Many scientists believe that such ingredients are responsible for many neurological disorders, infections, endocrine disorders, obesity, seizures and diseases such as Alzheimer`s, Parkinson`s, Huntington`s disease.
Nutella contains processed sugar by weight. As you can suppose, Nutella contains an enormous amount of calories (approximately 100 calories per tablespoon). The sugar is made out of sugar beet which is filled with pesticides and this type can only harm your organism.
Refined sugar is related to ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, ADD and migraine. I don`t think that you will need a better reason to say NO to Nutella, there are so many negative side effects of its consumption and yet you can easily replace it with healthy products which are as tasty as Nutella. Future generation mustn`t get hooked on this product, because with time Nutella gets more processed not healthier.
Alternatives for Nutella
I know that while you are reading this you will think that there is nothing like Nutella and cannot be replaced, but trust me that`s because you are addicted to the ingredients. Homemade jam is the perfect alternative, you can choose strawberry, raspberry and it`s perfectly healthy and sugar-free.
Honey is also a great alternative, it gives the organism strength and energy for the entire day. There are also a lot of recipes which you can easily make at home and are so close to the Nutella formula.
Here are just a few of them:
For the first recipe you will need:
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 4 Tbsp. maple syrup
- ½ cup almond butter
- 15 dates (around 90g. or 3oz.)
- 1/3 cup carob powder
The preparation is very easy, you just put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until you get a smooth texture. Before you blend, you should rehydrate the dates in hot water for 10 minutes or for 2 hours in cold water. You can also add water or oil if you like, but never milk.
For the second recipe you will need:
- 8 oz. hazelnuts
- 2-4 Tbsp. hazelnut oil
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 Tbsp. sea salt
The preparation of the second recipe is similar to the first one. First, you drain hazelnuts and put them in a blender and blend them for about 15 minutes, depending on the consistency you want to get, then you add sweetener, salt, vanilla and cacao powder and repeat the action.