Nutella: Eat in Moderation

  • Posted on: 8 May 2012
  • By: mokshalom

A woman recently filed a lawsuit against Nutella for misleading advertising - she was angry that she thought she was feeding her child something "healthy" - despite Nutella being the flavor and consistency of a melted chocolate bar.

But Nutella isn't bad for you, as long as it's consumed in moderation. Don't put a big spoonful in your mouth - especially one after the other - because one tablespoon contains 100 calories. But a small amount spread upon a piece of whole grain toast shouldn't kill you.

From Slate:

Moreover, Nutella isn't too terrible in its own right. It's not as healthy as, say, a banana or an apple, but when compared with other permissible breakfast spreads, Nutella's vital statistics are fair. One tablespoon of Nutella contains 100 calories, 5.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams fiber, 1.5 grams protein, and 10.5 grams sugar. Sure, the sugar content is high, but it also has a low Glycemic Index of 33, which means the energy is slow releasing. The same amount of Smucker's strawberry preserves contains 50 calories and no fat. It also contains no protein, no fiber, and 12 grams of sugar with a GI that's likely in the mid-60s or even 70s. Smucker's will send your kids to school on a sugar high and have them napping by 11 a.m. Nutella also doesn't compare all that badly next to Skippy Creamy peanut butter, which contains 80 calories, 8 grams fat, 1 gram fiber, 1.5 grams sugar, and 3.5 grams of protein in a tablespoon serving.

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