Have you ever thought about what the products you eat are made of? While it’s quite difficult to understand every ingredient you find on products’ labels—as some of them sound like unknown chemical formulas—at least some of the ingredients can be easily recognized.
Nutella, adored by million the world over, is one such product, and it turns out the hazelnut spread may not be as easy to fit into your macronutrients as was once thought.
As you can see, the five ingredients are cocoa, palm oil, hazelnuts, white sugar and skimmed milk. Yet, an even more shocking thing is that about half of its content is white sugar, while second place belongs to palm oil.
On the other hand, Nutella, which is made by Ferrero, neither agrees nor disagrees whether this image shows the truth. But the fact is on a Nutella jar you can find that one tablespoon (15g) of Nutella contains eight and a half grams of sugar. So, this means a 400g jar has as much as 227.2g of sugar.
Palm oil, which is also used in high quantities to prepare Nutella, is said to be needed because it creates a smooth texture. But it’s also the truth that palm oil is the cheapest oil you can buy on the market.
If Ferrero decided to use another oil to prepare Nutella, then it would cost an additional $8-22 million per year, so it’s a question whether palm oil is used because it’s the best oil to make Nutella tastier, or to make it cheaper to produce.