Nutella for breakfast??

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Articles, Thought of the Day

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Ok, I will preface this by saying I love Nutella. It is delicious! However, I am not sure how it is marketed as a health food. I think many people actually think it is healthy for breakfast or healthy for a snack. Recently, Columbia University claimed that their students were going through 100 pounds of Nutella per week. I have had a few people say here have some Nutella on some bread, it’s good for you.

Hmmmm….Well, as you can see from this picture of the nutrition labels of Nutella and Hershey’s chocolate syrup, the healthier choice is Hershey’s syrup. Nutella has twice as many calories per serving…. which the serving size is the exact same size (2 table spoons). Most of these calories come from fat, which sometimes is ok. However, the Nutella has more sugar than the chocolate syrup as well. While Nutella is a “hazelnut spread,” its top two ingredients are sugar and palm oil respectively. So it would be more accurate to label this as a sugar spread.

Therefore, when you are thinking about starting your day off with this “health food” I would think twice. While it still would be an unhealthy choice, having a piece of toast with Hershey’s chocolate syrup would be a healthier choice than toast with Nutella….Moral of the story, check your nutrition label!

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