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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Is Nutella Fattening?
Nutella is a fairly new product on the market. It is a hazelnut spread with a combination of roasted hazelnuts, cocoa, and skim milk. It is highly comparable to peanut butter in its rich, creamy texture but with a chocolate taste.
So is Nutella fattening? There are 200 calories and 11 grams of fat in two tablespoons of Nutella. There are 23 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of sugar. There are only 2 grams of protein in 2 tablespoons. It has the equivalent of nutrition as in a chocolate bar, so yes, it can be fattening. However, if you are on a diet and crave Nutella, it’s probably okay to splurge every once in awhile, but only in moderation. If you are counting fat grams or calories, make sure you count that in as a substitute for something else for the day.
Nutella hazelnut spread can be eaten on bread (whole-grain if you’re dieting), bagels, English muffins, croissants, apples, bananas, strawberries, crackers, pretzels, and breadsticks. It can also be mixed in with pudding, or used as a cake or cupcake topping.
Nutella is involved in a lawsuit from a mother in California who claims that the manufacturer mislead her into believing that the product was part of a “tasty, yet balanced breakfast” – which is how the manufacturer has been marketing the product. She was finally rewarded $3.5 million in the Consumer Class Action settlement.
Nutella’s company still asserts on its website that, “When used in moderation with complementary foods, Nutella is a quick and easy tool to encourage kids to eat whole grains, such as whole wheat toast.”
But it’s still high in fat and sugar, so again, if you choose to eat Nutella and are on a diet, make sure it’s in moderation and counted as a substitution for one (or two) of your other snacks for the day.