Nutella has long been a favourite at our breakfast tables, but also as a delicious addicting treat any time of day. The list of ingredients can only be found on an actual jar, as the FDA requires all food to be correctly labeled with its ingredients in a descending order from most used to least used (heaviest to least heavy).

Here is list of ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • hazelnuts (13%)
  • cocoa powder (7.4%)
  • non-fat milk solids
  • emulsifier  (soy lecithin)
  • flavour (vanillin)

Here is the nutritional breakdown of approximately 2 tablespoon:

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein 2g
  • Fat, total 12g
  • Fat, saturated 4g
  • Carbohydrate, total 21g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Sodium 15mg
  • Fiber 1g

I don’t know ANYONE who uses only 1 exact tablespoon of this sugar based spread posing as hazelnut, and no wonder it is so addicting. It is the equivalent of spreading chocolate onto your toast, or if you’re like me, spooning milk chocolate into your mouth.

I accepted that my favourite hazelnut treat was extremely bad for my health, and weight loss goals, and did my best to stay far from it.. but then one day while shopping in a Mexican grocer.. I came across Nutivia Hazelnut Spread. Boosting to be Certified Organic, Non-GMO, vegan friendly, using only fair trade ingredients and 40% less sugar than its alternative, Nutella.

Here is the ingredient list:

  • Sugar cane
  • Cacoa
  • Hazelnuts
  • Flaxseed flour
  • Red palm oil (fair trade – no habitats harmed)
  • Coconut oil
  • Chia oil

And the nutritional breakdown for approximately 2 tablespoons:

  • Calories: 190
  • Protein 3g
  • Fat, total 13g
  • Fat, saturated 5g
  • Carbohydrate, total 18g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Sodium 0g
  • Fiber 5g

While a lot of the differences do not seem too extreme, the types of fats that are used in either product highly differ. Using vegetable oil is so 1999, and processed sugar, you know, that stuff made by man.. I don’t know about you, and I certainly cannot speak for everyone but I can say that I would rather get my calories from ingredients that are easily digestible by my body.

You can find more info on this clean version of hazelnut spread here: http://kitchen.nutiva.com

And the taste difference is not even noticeable, if anything the Nutivia spread just taste like a cleaner version of Nutella.

Personally I  wouldn’t suggest spooning too much of either into your mouth at any given time, but if you are going to enjoy a hazelnut spread, I would be going with the one with the most natural ingredients, less carbohydrates, more healthy fats and the most fibre.

xo,

Monique