Have you seen the Nutella ad on TV saying that it is a wholesome and nutritious breakfast? Well, contrary to what that ad says, Nutella is NOT a breakfast food. It IS a sugary treat that should be used sparingly. Why is Nutella not a breakfast food? Here are some points to consider.

1) The first ingredient is sugar

Sugar is not a health food, just an FYI. And just not white sugar, but all the other forms of sugar (sucrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar) too. There are many health risks with too much sugar in ones diet. The classic disease/health risk is diabetes. Sugar can also spike your blood sugar, cause headaches and cause weight gain. Sugar also turns to fat (your cells turn it to fat when not being used the way it should). While you do need sugar for certain things in life - like endurance events, and breakfast is not an endurance event.

2) Modified palm oil is second ingredient

Palm oil is used for the texture to make Nutella. Food manufacturers are trying to avoid trans fat, so they have to modify the oils in order to create the desired consistency of fat. Palm oil is found not just in Nutella but in other packaged food as well.

3) A serving of Nutella has 21 grams of sugar!

No wonder why kids and everyone else like it so much! The average American consumes 170 pounds of sugar A YEAR. Sugar contributes to our obesity problem. Bottom line: eat veggies for breakfast, not a spoonful of sugar.

4) Other ingredients

Nutella also contains skim milk. Dairy is known to causes a host of health problems like certain cancers, mucus, phlegm, ear infections, IBS, and more (Dr. Mark Hyman).  Don't think you're getting your calcium by having a serving of this. People already consume too much dairy (wonder why more and more people are becoming lactose-intolerant?) and this only adds to it. Get your calcium from real food - like spinach, almonds, okra, blackstrap molasses and broccoli to name a few.

Bottom line? By all means, enjoy some made-from-scratch Nutella (almond butter+raw cacao powder+raw honey) or Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter on occasion, just not for breakfast or a snack or make frequent use of it.

Now you know: eat for health!

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