I have never eaten Nutella but have read a lot of favorable comments from triathletes and marathoners about this substance. As such, I decided to do some research on the topic and have drawn the following conclusions:
- Nutella has only 10% of the spread actually contains hazelnuts. I thought this was a shockingly low number.
- Nutella contains fat grams, and 21 grams of sugar totaling 200 calories. A typical chocolate bar has about 15 grams of fat and is 250 calories. They are almost the same.
- Sugar is the number one ingredient. Hazelnuts are the #3 ingredient. Something is off here.
- Most of the ingredients are likely GMO-based. I emailed them to find out but no one replied.
- It contains a substance called Vanillin. This is a chemical, made in a lab, using petroleum. It is the scent of vanilla but virtually no vanilla.
- It contains MSG.
These were just some of the “highlights” (or low-lights) that I found. There are undoubtedly others.
My conclusion is that this substance should be avoided. I do not understand why so many runners and triathletes would consume this.
Dr. David Orman has lectured to Congress, been featured in The Washingtonian Magazine and treated thousands of patients over the years. He is the creator of the best selling HGH-releaser, Doc Wellness Supplement and the popular, Dr. Orman’s Wellness School.