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Is Nutella Really A Wholesome Food?

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The key ingredients of commercial nutella - soy, refined sugar, skim mild and vanillin - are all likely to be high-GMO. Go Homemade instead. Blend 2 cups roasted hazelnuts on medium for a few minutes, scraping down the sides as you go. Add 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup cashew milk, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp sea salt. Blend on medium to reach a smooth and buttery consistency.

Is Nutella Bad For You?

Certainly you have already seen the commercials touting Nutella as a wonderful addition to a ‘wholesome’ breakfast, especially for your children. After all, what better way to get them to eat breakfast than by smearing chocolate over it?

Also Giada DeLaurentis, on the Food Network, has done numerous recipes that use Nutella as an ingredient and has said she has been eating it since her childhood.

Just chocolate and hazelnuts, it has to be healthy, right?

Honestly, I had never heard of Nutella until I saw her using it on her cooking show. On paper it sounds like it should be a pretty good compromise – cocoa and hazelnuts – what could be bad, right?

Unfortunately, it includes as many as 4 genetically modified ingredients: soy, sugar, skim milk and vanillin. ‘Say No To Nutella, It Is Poisoning You And Your Children – You can read this article for the details, but in a nutshell:

  • Soy is one of the most genetically modified crops and virtually all soy is GMO (genetically modified organisms) unless otherwise specifically noted.
  • Refined sugar is another of the most common genetically modified foods coming from sugar beets.
  • Skim milk from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) cows contains not only GMOs, but antibiotics and hormones as well.
  • Vanillin, a vanilla extract alternative made from wood pulp, which is very different from vanilla, which comes from vanilla beans.

Healthy Homemade Nutella [Recipe]

It is not very difficult to make your own healthier version of Nutella – here is my homemade nutella recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  • Put the hazelnuts into a food processor or high speed blender and blend on medium speed for a few minutes. You might have to scrape down the sides as you go.
  • Add all the other ingredients and keep blending with the speed on medium, again scraping down the sides if need be. It should take up to 10 minutes before it turns into a smooth, delicious buttery spread.

The bottom line is that you cannot trust advertising to be completely truthful, but have to look further to see not only what the ingredients are, but where they come from. Nothing is simple any more!

Ann Musico
Expert

I educate, empower and encourage women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health - spirit, soul and body. My mission is to make getting healthy simple and achievable by providing women with options, access to exceptional resources and products and practical, actionable information so that they can take responsibility for their own health as well as their family's and make informed decisions. I believe women are the primary and generational influencers and we can be the catalysts for change in our families, workplaces, schools and communities. I focus on nutrition, detox and healthy, long-term weight loss because I believe those areas are most often the root cause of many other problems and I address them from spirit and soul as well as physically, which is often overlooked.

Ann Musico
Expert

I educate, empower and encourage women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health - spirit, soul and body. My mission is to make getting healthy simple and achievable by providing women with options, access to exceptional resources and products and practical, actionable information so that they can take responsibility for their own health as well as their family's and make informed decisions. I believe women are the primary and generational influencers and we can be the catalysts for change in our families, workplaces, schools and communities. I focus on nutrition, detox and healthy, long-term weight loss because I believe those areas are most often the root cause of many other problems and I address them from spirit and soul as well as physically, which is often overlooked.