Nutella = junk food
The following is a chain letter which warns you about eating Nutella (it’s Canadian, but Nutella seems to be sold in many countries).
(Also check out Part 2)
I am fuming mad. After you read this, you will probably be too. Especially if you have kids.
I saw a Nutella ad on TV recently, advertising how it is part of a good breakfast, containing wholesome hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa powder. Hmm, I thought, let’s get some.
When I saw the label in the store, I almost flipped. Ingredients: SUGAR, MODIFIED PALM OIL, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk powder, etc. (you can check yourself on their website nutella.ca under the ‘nutritional info’ tab).
In case you are not aware, ingredients must be listed in order of proportion of the total content, so the first ingredient is what there is most of. In this case, there is more sugar and more modified palm oil in this product than hazelnuts. Part of a good breakfast?! Milk chocolate is more nutritious than that! (Actually, if you do compare Nutella’s nutritional information with that of chocolate on an equivalent quantity basis, you will find them eerily similar. Would you give your kids a slice of bread with half a Hershey bar on top and call it a good breakfast?!)
Then of course I started wondering what exactly is MODIFIED palm oil, just in case it was something good for you. Well, it turns out there is no good answer to that, because they do not specify what the modification entails. Here is what I found: palm oil, unaltered by itself, is controversial — some say it’s quite good for you, some say it’s not. I am leaning towards the “ok in moderation” camp, especially if it is used instead animal fat (that’s not so good) or hydrogenated oils (that’s the trans fat stuff which is really, really, really bad, no controversy about it). Now when they say modified palm oils, the modification could be hydrogenation (which would make it really, really, really bad), or some other form of processing such as interesterification (yes, that’s a real word), which frankly I trust about as far as I trust hydrogenation.
So in case you don’t mind feeding your kids mainly sugar for breakfast, are you sure you want to also feed them modified palm oil with unknown long-term health effects?
So I am mad at Nutella for selling products that may be harmful for kids, and being downright misleading in their advertisement by claiming it is healthy. It’s criminal. And I am even more angry at our government for allowing this to happen! What other foods are we eating that we think are good for us but are not?!
Don’t believe what I just wrote, check it out yourself. Read the labels. Always. Question it. ‘Cause obviously you can’t trust companies and you can’t trust your government. (And actually, you shouldn’t trust chain letters either without checking them first.)
Please pass it onto others who may be concerned about their loved ones’ health and nutrition.
And personally, I am boycotting Ferrero products (makers of Nutella).