At this point, we are certain that everyone has heard of this popular hazelnut chocolate spread, known as Nutella. And if you haven’t already, you might just want to pack your backs and head to Mars!
And for those of you who have, that’s probably you have eaten this delicious spread with bread or crepes in a way that is reminiscent of peanut butter, only chocolate-y and sweeter. This was first created in the year 1940 by pastry maker Pietro Ferrero as pasta gianduja, but due to the shortage of chocolate it went on to get launched in the year 1964 by the popular name, Nutella.
Highly popular in the west, some nutritionists have categorized the gooey spread as being high in calories and fattening. Yes, Nutella is not – we repeat not – a “healthy food”. But studies say that because of hazelnut content, consuming Nutella in small proportions can be equally safe and nutritional. With that, we have listed few Nutella facts and benefits for you to read before you snack on to them…nom nom
Ingredients in Nutella
Nutella is a popular spread consumed by a large segment of the population.
- The primary component of Nutella is cocoa and sugar.
- The brand contains a flavour of hazelnut, which remains its secondary ingredient.
- The main ingredients in Nutella, however, is that of cocoa, hazelnuts, sugar, modified palm oil, whey powder, skimmed milk powder, vanillin, and lecithin.
- In some states in the USA, Nutella is marketed as ‘Hazelnut cream’, which contains an additional ingredient of soy proteins.
Nutella Nutritional Information:
Nutella does contain an excessive amount of fat and protein. As a matter of fact, you should try to avoid the product if you are overweight or obese. However, the product isn’t likely to harm your overall health and comes packed with quite a number of compelling health benefits. Like 2-tablespoons of Nutella contains 1 gram of fibre and as well as 4 percent of your daily iron and calcium needs. And while you can indulge in the product once or twice a week, make sure you cut out the fat by working out. For others, and especially children, spread Nutella with whole wheat toast or a bagel and add more fibre to their diet.
Essential Nutella Nutritional Benefits:
1. High-Calorie Content:
Nutella is made of calorie-dense ingredients like chocolate and hazelnuts. Two teaspoons servings of Nutella offer around 200 calories, which is considerably high. It alone provides 10% of the regular demand of 2,000 calories.
2. Fat Contents:
Nutella is high in fat content as well. You would get 11gm fats for each 2-teaspoon servings of Nutella. Out of this 11gms fat, 3.5gm are saturated fats. Being high in fat content, it does not make a suitable dish for people suffering from cardiovascular disorders. However, Nutella contains high amounts of unsaturated fats as well. It helps to manage cholesterol level and type-2 diabetes.
3. Mineral Contents:
Besides being high in calorie and fat contents, Nutella is rich in essential minerals too. It offers around 4% of a daily-recommended portion of both calcium and iron respectively. Nutella is a rich store of ATP or Adenosine triphosphate, which helps supplying energy.
4. Gluten Free Contents:
Gluten or monosodium glutamate is considered relatively harmful. Nutella does not contain any gluten-containing bowls of cereal.
5. Dietary Fiber:
Nutella does not contain a high amount of dietary fiber.