A viral image of the popular brand Nutella has revealed that palm oil is one of the main ingredients Nutella jars, amongst excessive amounts of sugar.
The same image of the globally adored delicious chocolate spread quickly went viral and many people were surprised by its content. The diagram shows layers of the brand’s five main ingredients and it’s very different from the list of ingredients on the back of the jar.
The main ingredients are palm oil, cocoa, hazelnuts, skimmed milk powder and sugar.
Many were shocked to discover that 50% of the product was white sugar. After the revelation, supposedly there was a report conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which claimed that palm oil was more carcinogenic than any other oil.
However, since the reports, Nutella has strongly denied the claims that the hazelnut chocolate spread is carcinogenic, stating that the palm oil that they use in every jar is high quality and safe to eat.
Although Nutella would not deny or confirm whether the image is accurate, due to claims that the recipe is top secret, the nutritional information on each jar, 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.
People’s attention was also caught by the use of palm oil. This is the cheapest oil on the market used in variety of products such as cosmetic products and food. The excessive consumption of the oil has had a major negative effect on the natural world
Currently , 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface are covered with palm oil plantations and this has resulted in a huge loss of forests and human settlements since these areas are completely destroyed to make room for the oil plantations.
However, Nutella relies on the use of palm oil and claims that the product will suffer a great change if this oil id not used. Also a switch to other ingredients could cost the company an additional $8-22 million a year.
This is the actual Nutella statement After the image went viral
“We don’t disclose the full proportions of the ingredients in Nutella as our recipe is unique and we wish to safeguard this. The product’s label provides simple and clear nutritional information per 15g portion, or two heaped teaspoons, as well as per 100g. The ingredients are also listed on the Nutella website.”
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 and we confirm that Ferrero products are safe. The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has analysed the presence of contaminants in a large number of products and oils stating that the presence of contaminants depends on the oils and fats used as well as the processes they are subjected to.
“It is for this reason that 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. In addition, our auality teams constantly monitor such factors and guarantee the food safety of our products to the consumer.”
Source : truththeory.com