This image displaying the world famous Nutella’s true ingredients. Nutella is well-known and globally adored, chocolate spread that after the reveal of true ingredients many people did not expect in the first. We usually see the usual list of ingredients on the back of the jar that is commonly overlooked, this diagram shows layers of the brand’s five main ingredients in their raw form. These are palm oil, sugar, hazelnuts, skimmed milk powder, and cocoa.
According to this, you can see 50% of white sugar and many were shocked to see that. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has claimed that palm oil is more carcinogenic than any other oil. There was a doubt Nutella may be taken out of supermarkets due to its “cancer-causing properties”. However, Nutella has denied the claims that the hazelnut chocolate spread carries cancer risks, stating that the palm oil that they use in every jar is high quality and safe to eat.
Whilst Nutella would not deny or confirm whether an image is accurate due to claims that the recipe is top secret. The nutritional information on each jar and as well as the website, reveals that there is 8.5g of sugar in every tablespoon of the spread, which means that every 400g jar contains a huge quantity of 227.2g of sugar. This vast amount works out to be more than half the jar’s weight.
Palm oil is another main ingredient that has caught many people’s attention. Palm oil is the cheapest oil on the market, the use of it is highly problematic as it has major links with the erosion of major rainforests, as well as wiping out huge wildlife populations. Although palm oil is used in a huge array of common products, from cosmetics to food, the excessive consumption of the oil has had a major negative effect on the natural world. Palm oil plantations currently cover over 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface. This has resulted in a huge loss of forests and human settlements, as these areas are completely destroyed to make room for the oil plantations and it has ruined our “green deserts”.
Despite this, Nutella is a product by Ferrero. They say product would not be the same without the use of palm oil, and they say if they switch to an alternative ingredient rather than using palm oil, It could cost the company an additional $8-22 million a year.
After the image went viral Nutella said in a statement saying that they don’t disclose the full proportions of the ingredients in Nutella as their recipe is unique and they are responsible of safeguard it. The product’s label and the website provide simple and clear nutritional information per 15g portion, or two heaped teaspoons, as well as per 100g.
Ferrero, who manufacture Nutella, added, “One of Ferrero’s core nutritional beliefs is that small portion sizes help people to enjoy their favorite foods in moderation. And they highly believe Nutella helps and ensure as part of a balanced diet.
In response to the recent cancer scare from Nutella products, they said, the health and safety of consumers is an absolute and first priority for Ferrero since they care about their customers. And they confirm that Ferrero products are safe to use at their best.
Ferrero carefully selects quality raw materials and applies specific industrial processes that limit their presence to minimum levels, fully in line with the parameters defined by the EFSA. And their quality teams constantly monitor such factors and guarantee the food safety of their products to the consumer.