I must say, I have known about Nutella for awhile, but I haven’t paid any attention because I thought it was just natural peanut butter (meaning, all the good stuff had been taken out). I had walked past these jars several times while purchasing peanut butter, and even picked it up several times. But, it never made it in my cart. Then, this last weekend, my mother-in-law had to watch my dog for an evening because I went out of town. That next day, I returned and found a jar of Nutella sitting on my counter. Evidently, she had heard about it and bought us all a jar to try. I don’t think she had any idea what she started with that small jar! Now, my entire household (including my sister) is addicted to this wonderful creation. My husband even took a spoon and proceeded to scoop out the last bit of goodness at lunch yesterday.
Nutella is actually not peanut butter at all! It is a mixture of cocoa, skim milk, and hazelnut and made into a spread. It tastes just like chocolate on a sandwich. My family has eaten this yummy sandwich everyday for lunch since Sunday, so I thought I might need to do a little research to find out if this is even good for us. And here is what I found from the blog, The Doctor Closet…
The Truth about Nutella
There seems to be a lot of talk about Nutella in my world! My husband LOVES Nutella- seems like the rest of the world does too! The big question – Is Nutella GOOD or BAD for you?
The Nutella website claims that Nutella is full of energy- “Spread some Energy”. TRUE! Yes Nutella is full of energy, however the majority of this energy comes from sugar, creating an initial “high” and then a crash shortly after. Also, since cocoa is an ingredient in Nutella, there are traces of caffeine in a yummy morning tablespoon serving! (Coffee plus Nutella sounds even better, don’t you think?… mmmm Nutella Mocha) Problem: Sugar high=Sugar Low. Solution? More Nutella and then an afternoon nap!
Lets look at the ingredients. This delicious spread is made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a touch of cocoa. Healthy right? It also has no artificial colors or preservatives. BUT Nutella conveniently forgets to mention that the two MAIN ingredients are sugar and modified palm oil (I like to forget about that part). The truth is that Nutella’s slogan should actually be: “Nutella is a yummy sugary, modified oil spread, with delicious hazelnuts, tons of cocos and “touch” of skim milk power”. Yes, the ugly truth told like a fairy tale.
I Like to compare Nutella with our other yummy friend, Peanut Butter. When compared, both have the same amount of calories per serving: 1 tbsp= 100 calories. Peanut Butter has more fat then Nutella, however PB is actually a natural fat which is better for you and not modified. The reason Nutella appears to have less fat, is mostly because there is much more sugar in it acting as a filler. Okay so the most staggering difference between PB and Nutella is the sugar content! Unfortunately it’s bad, 11g vs 1g. My solution- adding an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill!
So, after my findings, I have determined that my new obsession isn’t so good for me. And, it has a lot of sugar, but what doesn’t?!?! Will I stop eating it? No! This just tells me that I may not need to eat it for lunch every day. And, actually, if you listen to Dr. Oz, then you would know that peanut butter reduces belly fat, and I am all about that! So, if this does the same thing, then I am all for that. Maybe some more research is in store for me. Until then, if you haven’t tried this awesome creation, then you must (healthy or not)!