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I would like opinions on this product, is this a bad thing to eat?
post #2 of 42
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Originally Posted by pedi08 View Post
I would like opinions on this product, is this a bad thing to eat?
Nutella is my one big processed food weakness. It is the reason I can only say my diet is 99% unprocessed!

I treat it as a once in a while guilty pleasure type of treat. I definitely think it would be a ridiculous thing to feed my kiddos for breakfast every morning (like on the commercial) as they would be crazy wound up nut jobs!

ETA: I have a recipe for homemade chocolate hazelnut spread, I just haven`t had the heart to try it. (What if it doesn`t live up to my delicious nutella standards!?!)
post #3 of 42
so bad, but oh so good!!!!

It's a major weakness of mine too. I just try to eat it with healthy treats, like apple slices, banana or berries. YUM!
post #4 of 42
Depends what you mean by "bad"? Is it good for your body? No way! Does is make your mouth happy and give you the warm-fuzzies, thereby improving your general outlook on life? Well, it does for me.

Seriously, Nutella is my comfort food. I don't have it every day or anything, but after a particularly tough day, tea with toast and nutella makes me happy.
post #5 of 42
Honestly, i don't think it's a heck of a lot worse than Jiffy, but I wouldn't call "normal" peanut butter overly healthy either.

It's tasty though!

lil earthmomma... can you share the hazlenut spread recipe??? Please?
post #6 of 42
If you ask my DH, Nutella is a major food group. I hate how misleading their commercials are "Made with hazelnuts, half a cup of skim milk and a dash of cocoa!" Aaaand... no sugar, right? I love Nutella as well, but like PPs, treat it as a guilty pleasure and not a daily breakfast staple.
post #7 of 42
I saw the thread title and just had to pop in and say "YUM!!!".
post #8 of 42
I remember seeing it for the first time when I lived in Spain for a year. That stuff is tasty but so not something I'd eat a lot. It's sugar and chocolate and hazelnuts. It's a good desert though...
post #9 of 42
Oh, I used to love this stuff. Especially in crepes (when I ate wheat and dairy).
But last time I read the ingredient list, it contained hydrogenated vegetable oil. And this is one thing I just don't compromise on.
I woner if it would be possible to replicate Nutella at home? (Or come close?)
post #10 of 42
sugar

modified palm oil (not an earth friendly oil) http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/palm_...al_5-27-05.pdf (just the first link I came upon)

hazelnuts

cocoa

skim milk

reduced minerals whey

soy lecithin

vanillin

190 calories per 2 TBSP
11 g fat
22 g carbs
1g Fiber
21 g sugar
3 g protein

and very yummy but not healthy....in a fit of not thinking I gave my son this for breakfast - not a good choice - behaviorally!
post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by OvenSeeksBun View Post
If you ask my DH, Nutella is a major food group. I hate how misleading their commercials are "Made with hazelnuts, half a cup of skim milk and a dash of cocoa!" Aaaand... no sugar, right? I love Nutella as well, but like PPs, treat it as a guilty pleasure and not a daily breakfast staple.
I agree... misleading commercial.
post #12 of 42
we love nutella, but often we buy the imported counterparts-seems to taste better with better ingredients.
post #13 of 42
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Originally Posted by inkedmamajama View Post
we love nutella, but often we buy the imported counterparts-seems to taste better with better ingredients.
??? hmmm

I can't find anythig- where doi find yours?

I'd love to make my own- but that recipe makes me wonder....
post #14 of 42
Here is the blog that has two different homemade recipes for chocolate hazelnut spread. If anyone tries them, post your results please, I'd love to know how it turns out!

http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog/2005/12/nutella/
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by EMS View Post
Oh, I used to love this stuff. Especially in crepes (when I ate wheat and dairy).
But last time I read the ingredient list, it contained hydrogenated vegetable oil. And this is one thing I just don't compromise on.
I woner if it would be possible to replicate Nutella at home? (Or come close?)
The real Nutella is yummy but certainly not a superhealthy food alone because of all of the suger. Also the powdered milk is not organic.
There are worse things.....
I make this for my son. If you are used to the real Nutella you may not like it at frist. DS has not had the "real thing" for a while so he likes what I make for him on his toast:

Mix Agave nectar with some flaxseed or hemp oil
stir in Cocoa Powder
Stir Agave nectar-cocoa powder mixture in with Hazelnut butter or a Hazelnut-Almond nut mixture.
I dont measure ,so I can't tell you exactly how much, but you just try to get a consistancy like Nutella. I recently added a little whey powder and that was yummy too.
In any case I feel totally guilt free about feeding it to my family and eating it myself!
post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by amlikam View Post
??? hmmm

I can't find anythig- where doi find yours?

I'd love to make my own- but that recipe makes me wonder....
we buy ours at the local international market
post #17 of 42
It's a great thing to eat! But not healthy at all!

I didn't realize people actually spread it on things. I just eat it with a spoon. Every year I give each of my kids a jar for valentines day.
post #18 of 42
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But last time I read the ingredient list, it contained hydrogenated vegetable oil. And this is one thing I just don't compromise on.
They changed the recipe. It no longer contains hydrogenated oil or peanut oil. I called the company to verify because my son is allergic to peanuts, I wanted to make sure it wasn't just a misprint on the label or something. We had never bought it because of that but one day at the store I noticed the change and we've been addicted ever since.
post #19 of 42
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Originally Posted by mumm View Post
It's a great thing to eat! But not healthy at all!

I didn't realize people actually spread it on things. I just eat it with a spoon. Every year I give each of my kids a jar for valentines day.

I would have loved Nutella for valentine's when i was eating nuts
post #20 of 42
this product by Rapunzel is similar, organic and all that, no trans fats, though not quite as delic imho
http://www.truefoodsmarket.com/produ...oducts_id/5779
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