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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
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I am a certified, holistic health coach who empowers women to live well so they can model health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body – to their families, workplaces and beyond! My affordable coaching plans and programs address all three aspects of life as they impact nutrition with the 3-Day Diet Makeover and 2, healthy, long-term weight loss, with my Today's the Day 7 Week Fitness Plan, as well as overall health and wellness with my Brainstorming Blueprint Session and Get Healthy Game Plans. I also offer exceptional nutritional supplements and products. Sign up for my free weekly newsletter, the No-Nonsense Nutrition Report and other valuable free resources to help you get to know me. If you are missing the personal touch with support, encouragement and education, visit my website and contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss how we can work together to make this the year you finally achieve your health goals.

Ann Musico
Expert

I am a certified, holistic health coach who empowers women to live well so they can model health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body – to their families, workplaces and beyond! My affordable coaching plans and programs address all three aspects of life as they impact nutrition with the 3-Day Diet Makeover and 2, healthy, long-term weight loss, with my Today's the Day 7 Week Fitness Plan, as well as overall health and wellness with my Brainstorming Blueprint Session and Get Healthy Game Plans. I also offer exceptional nutritional supplements and products. Sign up for my free weekly newsletter, the No-Nonsense Nutrition Report and other valuable free resources to help you get to know me. If you are missing the personal touch with support, encouragement and education, visit my website and contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss how we can work together to make this the year you finally achieve your health goals.