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Why You Should Ban Nutella From The Breakfast Table

Nutella, that yummy hazelnut chocolate snack you’ve been enjoying, is now in the FDA’s danger radar – and for good reason. The manufacturer is trying to get its dessert product labeled as a common spread in league with peanut butter and jelly. If you rely on food labels to decide if something’s healthy or not when going food shopping, you might just be tricked into eating a dessert for breakfast or as a snack spread.

The FDA’s current regulations hold that one serving of a dessert product is two tablespoons, which makes one serving of Nutella 200 calories, 21 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of fat.  That makes eating one serving of Nutella pretty much the same as eating a full-sized Hersheys Hershey’s chocolate bar, which has 210 calories, 24 grams of sugar, and 13 grams of fat!

Nutella’s manufacturer is fighting the FDA and trying to get its dessert product classified as a breakfast jam or jelly, which would make its serving size only one tablespoon and effectively cut its calories by half. If they’re successful, you’ll see a jar that’s filled with essentially the same calorie, fat, and sugar content of a melted chocolate bar next to healthy peanut butter and antioxidant-rich grape jam.

The FDA isn’t budging willingly – they’re asking consumers like you what you think the difference is between flavored nut butter spreads and dessert product fillings (like for cupcakes). Depending on your answer, Nutella could end up labeled a healthy breakfast spread or a junky dessert filling.

If you’re shopping for new and exciting breakfast spreads, try these healthy choices:

  1. Tapenade

Place 5 ounces of black pitted olives, half a garlic clove, one prepared anchovy fillet, 5 chopped basil leaves, and 1 tablespoon of drained capers in your blender. Blend them while adding 7 teaspoons of olive oil until the spread is slightly chunky.

This spread enjoys the benefits of the MIND diet, which has been proven to protect your brain from neurodegenerative disorders. It’s because the anchovy, olives, and olive oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which not only protect your brain but also moisturize your hair and nails. The other ingredients are rich in nutrients and age-reversing antioxidants.

  1. Herb Tartines

Finely chop basil leaves from half a bunch of basil. Coarsely chop the leaves of 1 tarragon sprig and 1 bunch of chervil. Grate 2 ounces of Pecorino cheese. Mix the cut basil, tarragon, and chervil with 2 cups of arugula and the grated cheese and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl.

Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one peeled clove of garlic. Rub the clove over both sides of up to four slices of bread. Toast the bread on both sides in a frying pan over medium heat. Now you’re ready to lather your toasts with the yummy, healing blend of antioxidant-rich herbs!

The National Institutes of Health finds that basil heals your digestive tract by helping diminish harmful H. pylori bacteria that cause indigestion. It’s also been found to fight cancer by protecting your cells from oxidative stress. Garlic and arugula have similar powerful properties and lower any inflammation you may have. This spread holistically heals your body and protects you from diseases – but it’s also delicious and easy to prepare!

Don’t be fooled by Nutella’s unhealthy marketing and be tricked into eating melted chocolate bars with your toast for breakfast. Tell the FDA that you want Nutella to stay in the dessert aisle. You can also try these two healthy spreads which are cheaper and heal your whole body.

rsz_justin-victWritten by: Justin Vict

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