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Why Nutella Is Not Healthy (& a Recipe for Better-Than-Nutella Creamy Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread)

I’ve been meaning to write this post for over a year, but well, you know – life gets in the way. I do have some exciting news to tell you though: I’ve come awfully close to perfecting an almost-raw (depends on sweetener of choice) chocolate-hazelnut spread that rivals Nutella. I ain’t gonna lie — until about two years ago, I found Nutella to be mouthwatering-ly delicious.

But then, something happened: I discovered real food. After enjoying things like McDonald’s greasy fries, Coldstone icecream and … yes, you guessed it — Nutella — for years, they suddenly tasted disgusting in comparison to real food treats like raw grass-fed cream with dates and walnuts, for instance, or organic potatoes fried in a healthy saturated fat. It was such a relief to me to find out that I can simply make healthy, homemade real food versions of these comfort foods, and that they would blow their ‘original’ junk food counterparts out of the water in terms of both taste and nutrition!

Consider Nutella. While you and I know that Nutella is a junk food item, some others have been swayed by Ferrero’s clever marketing tactics. This brave mom recently sued Nutella for misleading the public into thinking that Nutella is a “healthy product”.

But, as one example, what the claims of healthfulness sharply contradict is the fact that one serving (just 2 tablespoons) of the chocolaty goodness is comprised of a heaping 21 grams of refined sugar — which is terrible news if you’re trying to stay in shape, or if you have (or are predisposed to) any kind of metabolic condition. Okay, so it has a ton of sugar … is that it? I can deal with a little extra sugar. Oh, that’s just brushing the surface, my friend...

As a child, while vacationing in Paris, a kind old man in a park gave my brother and I chocolate and hazelnut candy.  We got in a lot of trouble with our mother, but I will NEVER forget that taste!  I love it but it’s not in my allowed low carb list!

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2 Responses to “Why Nutella Is Not Healthy (& a Recipe for Better-Than-Nutella Creamy Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread)”

  1. May 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Thanks so much for the kind shout out! I hope you get to try the homemade version sometime :) It’s delicious!

    • May 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks! You’ll appreciate one comment I got from an online associate: “thanks for ruining my favorite treat!” he was shocked at how fattening Nutella was…

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