Nutella is a delicious treat, there's no doubt about it. It's among the most popular products in the U.S. and can be found in many countries. Children and adults alike love Nutella, but it's not exactly the safe little treat we've all been lead to believe it is. There's actually a dark, sinister side to the treat.
According to the official website for Nutella in the United States, Nutella is made with: Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), soy lecithin as emulsifier and vanillin (an artificial flavor). Even though most of us are aware how harmful these ingredients are, Nutella still claims that their products don't contain Artificial Colors and Artificial Preservatives".
There are four ingredients here that send off alarm bells for us.
1. "Reduced minerals whey."
Whey protein is a natural waste product in the production of cheese. It usually comes from cows fed GMO feed, antibiotics, and other hormones. Reduced minerals whey is just a preservative that prevents coagulation of the product, but is rooted in some very unfortunate, unhealthy agricultural practices.
2. Soy lecithin.
Soy lecithen is the sludge left over when soy oil goes through what's called a "degumming process." The waste product contains various pesticides and solvents. It's mostly used as an emulsifier that prevents water and fat from separating in common foods like margarine, peanut butter, and icecream. It becomes dangerous because 90% of soy is not grown organically and this can lead to immunological problems as well as allergies.