The in­gre­di­ents in this pop­u­lar food may jar you

Central and North Burnett Times - - TV GUIDE - — Vanessa Brown

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.

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