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Does Nutella Cause Cancer? Say it isn’t So

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That sweet, smooth chocolate and hazelnut spread that you put on your toast for breakfast may not seem as appetizing anymore.

Nutella has become a controversial health concern due to its key ingredient, palm oil, which is thought to cause cancer.

Palm oil is made from a fruit that is grown on African oil palm trees and is an edible vegetable oil.

While palm oil is used popularly for the replacement of trans fats, it is usually found in foods that are not recommended for frequent consumption and are highly saturated with fat. According to the American Heart Association, consuming foods with saturated fat such as fatty beef, cream, butter and cheese may raise the level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) that builds in the walls of arteries in your blood which can, in turn, increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that palm oil releases carcinogenic chemicals when it is heated at high temperatures. The contaminant that is released is glycidyl fatty acid esters, or GE. GE is formed during food processing or when palm oil is heated over 393 degrees Fahrenheit. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization are also concerned about GE. As a result, some retailers in Europe have stopped selling Nutella.

In Nutella, there are a few possible substitutes that may be used instead of palm oil, such as sunflower oil, but palm oil is the cheapest. An article on Reuters quoted Vincenzo Tapella, the purchasing manager of Ferrero (the company who owns the brand Nutella), who stated that, “making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product.”

Will Nutella keep palm oil as an ingredient in their beloved spread or will they change it due to health concerns regarding cancer? Time will tell.

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