Hands up who loves chocolate! If you do, I bet you looooove Nutella. We all love chocolate in this house, but since we are (just about 100%) sugar free, Nutella is something you won't find in my pantry. Even though I did not buy a jar of it for ages, my kids still (after years of not having it) look lovingly at the Nutella jars every time we pass them while shopping. That's how addictive this stuff is, ya'll!
What boggles my mind the most is the fact that it is advertised on TV and in magazines as a healthy breakfast option. Healthy breakfast option - my behind!
The ingredients are: sugar, vegetable oil, hazelnuts, skim milk powder, fat-reduced cocoa powder, emulsifier (lecithin)(soy), flavouring (vanillin). (Info taken from the official Nutella website). Have you noticed the first ingredient? Sugar! Since when is sugar a healthy breakfast option? The very last thing you want to feed your children or eat it yourself for breakfast (or any other meal for that matter) is sugar. It spikes your insulin levels up to heaven, gives you a sudden and very short lived energy rush, only to plummet into a sugar low soon after. It leaves you with imbalanced blood sugar levels for the rest of the day, and that in turn brings its own unwanted side effects: lack of energy, trouble concentrating, susceptibility to food cravings, just to mention few. How about the second ingredient: vegetable oil. Have you ever heard of oily vegetable? Me neither...There is no such a thing as vegetable oils. The oil I'm referring to are canola oil, safflower oil, cotton seed oil, corn oil, and few others. Those oils are high in Omega 6 fatty acids and often contain trans fats, which makes them highly inflammatory. Have you ever watched how canola oil is produced? It involves toxic solvents, industrial chemicals and high temperatures. Can someone explain to me how any food undergoing these kind of processing can be still healthy and good for human consumption? Without even going into the rest of the ingredients (Soy?! Flavouring?!), combination of the first two makes this food-like product totally unwanted in my or my kids diet.
So what is a Mum to do if the kids terrorize ask her to buy a jar of Nutella? She makes a healthy alternative.