Saya seperti juga ibu-ibu lain, akan gembira bila melihat anak menggemari sesuatu makanan. Apa tah lagi, bila makanan itu pada sangkaan kita baik untuk tumbesaran mereka.
Anak saya, seperti juga anak-anak lain, amat menggemari nutella. Boleh dikatakan, setiap dua hari dia akan mengambilnya. Tetapi setelah saya ketahui bahawa nutella mengandungi lebih gula, dan bukannya hazelnut dan coco seperti yang diwawarkan, maka saya akan perlahan-lahan menghadkan pengambilannya oleh anak saya. Mengapa saya perlu mengurangkan pemgambilan nutella, kerana sebagaimana umum maklum, lebihan gula amat tidak baik untuk kesihatan.
Percaya atau tidak, pilihan di tangan sendiri.
Di bawah petikan nutella ingredients yang saya perolehi dari Foodwatch
Nutella. The full (correct) list of ingredients Have you ever tried to find
the exact list of ingredients for Nutella online? The identical one that appears
on its label - in descending order from the first (largest ingredient by weight)
to the last ingredient, as required by food law? Well, you won’t find it! Here’s
the hoop-la I went through to discover exactly what the ingredients in Nutella
are and why Nutella is not good for your kids.
You'd think that the official website would give the full listing of Nutella
ingredients, as well as the nutrition figures, in exactly the same way most
other food manufacturers do these days. For example, take a look at the
comprehensive Kellogg or Nestle sites where they detail everything. You may not
fancy all their products but they do provide detailed info on each and every
product including all ingredients, nutrition panel per 100g or per serve, and
Not so Nutella. Here's all they tell you about what's in their iconic product:
Nutella contains hazelnuts, cocoa powder, skim milk powder, vegetable oil,
sugar, soy lecithin and vanillin
Yes these are the ingredients in Nutella but not in their correct order.
Nutella would like you to believe that their product is composed mainly of
hazelnuts and cocoa (two healthy-sounding ingredients). So they re-arrange the
true order to make a better impression. And leave out the percentage and the
correct additive names.
The true list
I actually had to purchase a jar of the stuff to find out the truth about the
Nutella ingredients. Once you're looking at the back of the label, you quickly
see - when forced by food law - what the product really is made from:
Sugar, vegetable oil, hazelnuts (13%), cocoa powder (7.4%), non-fat milk
solids, emulsifier (soy lecithin), flavour (vanillin)
Its list of ingredients is very revealing. On the label, it MUST show them in
descending order by weight from the largest down to the smallest.
So now I know that the first (read main) ingredient is sugar (not hazelnuts),
followed by “vegetable oil” (not cocoa), then hazelnuts, then cocoa solids,
followed by non-fat milk solids, soy lecithin and vanilla flavour.
Conclusion No 1
Nutella is more sugar and fat than hazelnuts - its true content of hazelnuts is
low at only 13 per cent. Don’t be fooled by the advertising. Here’s what I’ve
unearthed about the ingredients. And it really took a bit of detective work.
Sugar is the first ingredient and thus the main by weight of all the Nutella
ingredients. In fact Nutella is 55 per cent sugar! That puts Nutella on a par
The vegetable oil is palm oil, a semi-solid fat that’s needed to give Nutella
its spreadable texture. At least this was disclosed on the website (see below).
The manufacturer says they were using a hydrogenated oil until a couple of years
ago but switched to palm oil to cut back on the trans fat in 2006. Palm oil is
free of trans fat but is still high in saturated fat so it’s not good for you.
It’s a no-win oil choice that many manufacturers face.
Cocoa solids (or powder) gives Nutella its chocolatey taste.
Soy lecithin – a common emulsifier that keeps the sugar, oil, nuts and cocoa
nicely blended and stops them separating out during the months on the shelves.
Nothing sinister about it. It’s one of my safe additives. (Unless you’re
allergic to soy)
This is not vanilla or vanilla extract such as you use at home. Vanillin, which
is most likely the synthetic form identical to the natural vanillin, but much
less expensive is the largest flavour component of the vanilla bean but much
Read what Wikipedia says about vanillin here
What’s not present
At least there’s no artificial colours or preservatives, no corn syrup and no
To fill in the rest of the detail, here’s the part of Nutella nutrition panel
from the website which did coincide with the label:
Fat, total 30.3g
Fat, saturated 10.0g
Carbohydrate, total 54.7g
Sodium 33 mg
Serve size is 20g which is one tablespoon – what you’d spread thinly on two
slices of bread.
Conclusion No 2:
Think of Nutella as chocolate in spreadable form. With 30 per cent fat and
almost 55 per cent sugar, Nutella almost mirrors chocolate in its composition.
In fact, Nutella is more akin to milk chocolate with hazelnuts for fat, sugar
and kilojoules, they're so close. See my comparison of the two weight for
weight: Nutella side by side with Cadbury Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts.
Did you notice that the chocolate block has 19% LESS sugar than Nutella and 23%
hazelnuts compared to Nutella at only 13%? Less sugar, more nuts!
Conclusion No 3:
Nutella provides very little in the way of good nutrition. Not much protein,
fibre, vitamins, minerals – the nutrients we are lacking. We don’t need more
sugar and fat.
Any good points? Yes. Nutella is low in sodium as are many sweet foods. And
it's a concentrated food that can increase kids' kilojoule intake easily if
they're the chronically-underweight type and already eat a well-balanced diet.
4 most-asked questions on Nutella
Q. Is Nutella healthier than peanut butter?
No. Nutella might be sold in the peanut butter aisle, but it isn't a nutritional
swap. Peanut butter has more protein, little sugar, healthy fat and vitamins.
It’s a decent protein for vegetarians. Most are 85 per cent peanuts (with some
oil and sugar) but you can buy 100 per cent peanut types.
Q. Is Nutella healthier than jam?
Not really. Nutella has 54 per cent sugar, jam and honey have around 60 to 70
per cent. But Nutella slaps on 30 per cent fat, while they have none. The
nearest equivalent to Nutella on toast is peanut butter topped with honey on
toast. Then it’s the same for sugar and fat.
Q. Is the suggested kids breakfast of fruit, Nutella on two slices of toast and
low-fat milk a decent breakfast for kids?
Nope. You know it's not the healthiest breakfast to send your kids off the
school with. It never has been and never will be. It’s just Nutella on toast
“enhanced” to look better by the fruit and milk and white high-fibre bread.
Best bet: If you are going to give the kids the occasional piece of toast with
Nutella, don't use butter or margarine and spread it on wholegrain bread rather
than low-fibre white bread.
Q. Is Nutella really low GI?
Yes. But so are things like sausages, corn chips and chocolate cake – usually
thanks to their fat content which slows down the rate of digestion and
absorption in your system (see the GI Website for more info). However, just
because something has a low GI doesn’t necessarily make it a healthy choice.
Would you give your kids corn chips and chocolate cake for breakfast?
Simply slapping on a “low GI” claim doesn’t make something healthier overall. If
you believed the ads, you’d think that chocolatey-hazelnut spread was the health
food of a nation and the perfect breakfast toast topper. It ain’t!
The bottom line
Why try to make out something is healthy when it’s not? And clearly not, when
you look at the true list of Nutella ingredients. Just accept Nutella for the
chocolatey treat it is! Have it on toast, croissant or crepes. It’s a good case
of clever marketing that highlights the few positives — and says nothing about
the bad things.
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