The ingredients in this popular food may jar you
IT’S perhaps one of the best foods found in a jar, but a photo claiming to reveal exactly what goes into Nutella may have you thinking twice before dipping a spoon into the chocolatey goodness.
A new image shared on Reddit claims to show the ingredients that go into making a jar of Nutella and if you thought hazelnuts would be high up on the list, think again. The picture displays a regular jar of Nutella set beside another jar which contains layers of ingredients that go into making the famous spread. What’s really in a jar of Nutella may shock you. The first layer, which is the second highest ingredient in the jar, is palm oil ,which takes up about a quarter of the jar. Just last week, the European Food Safety Authority claimed palm oil was more of a carcinogenic than any other oil, and could lead to cancer. Ferrero, the company behind Nutella, denied the claims, saying their oil is of the highest quality and safe for consumption. Underneath the oil sits a slither of skim milk powder, cocoa and crushed hazelnuts which altogether account for another quarter of the jar. Finally the rest of the jar is filled with sugar which is evidently the biggest ingredient in Nutella, taking up a good half of each jar. Nutritionist Kristen Beck said a jar of Nutella should be considered a sometimes food, and not an everyday breakfast option. Nutritionist and dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan says that while she isn’t surprised by the ingredient listing, she is concerned that people still might see the spread as healthy because of the hazelnuts and greenery on the packaging. The image of healthy hazelnuts might skew the thinking of a consumer, Dr McMillan said.