What's really inside a jar of Nutella?

Dec. 8, 2017

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Chocolate plus hazelnut = Nutella, right?

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If only it were that simple. Hazelnuts and cocoa are hardly the main ingredients in a jar of Nutella.

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The No. 1 ingredient in the spread? A whole lot of sugar.

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Just one serving — or two tablespoons — of Nutella contains 21 grams of sugar.

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A 13-ounce jar of Nutella has approximately 210 grams of sugar in it. That's more than quadruple the sugar in a 16-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola.

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Palm oil — a pretty controversial material — is the second main ingredient in Nutella.

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"Large-scale conversion of tropical forests to oil palm [farms] has a devastating impact on a ... number of plant and animal species," World Wildlife Fund said.

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In 2015, Ségolène Royal, France’s ecology minister then, called for a boycott of Nutella for palm oil's potentially disastrous impact on the planet.

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But Ferrero, the company that makes Nutella, has committed to using sustainable palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

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The environmental group Greenpeace said it considers Ferrero to be a "more progressive consumer-facing [company]" for sourcing palm oil, Quartz reported.

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For now, it's up to the consumer to decide if palm oil is problematic. Half of packaged goods in the U.S. contain the ingredient.

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Hazelnuts and cocoa finally appear — third and fifth — on Nutella's ingredient list.

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Skim milk powder comes even before the cocoa.

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In the past, Nutella has been touted as a breakfast food. But after looking inside, the chocolatey spread’s nutritiousness seems a little less sweet.

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