Healthy Holistic Living
Advertisement

Stores Are Pulling Nutella After Report Links It To Cancer

loading...

Nutella, the popular hazelnut spread, is being removed from supermarket shelves around the world as a result of a report that suggested one of its ingredients, palm oil, is linked with cancer.

Already, one of Italy’s larger grocery chain, Coop, has stopped selling the spread, according to the BBC. The European Food Safety Authority report, released in May 2016, said the palm oil in spreads such as Nutella was more likely to have carcinogenic components—including Glycidyl fatty acid esters— than other vegetable oils. It’s unclear why the eight-month-old report is only now causing panic.

Advertisement

The report found that palm oil becomes more carcinogenic when heated above 200°C (392°F). While no consumers typically eat the spread heated at that temperature, some companies do cook palm oil at high temperatures to burn off its natural red coloring and to neutralize its odor. Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, told Reuters its industrial processes do not reach that high temperature.

Capture

 
Advertisement

The report stopped short of saying people should stop consuming palm oil altogether—more research is needed before that conclusion can be drawn. Still, it hasn’t stopped some supermarket chains from taking action. So far there are no reports of the spread being pulled from stores in the US. (Huffington Post)

Concerns have been raised a while now about palm oil and its safety when used in food consumption, with the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) releasing a report in May last year declaring it to be more carcinogenic than any other oil, followed by similar claims by the WHO.

It is a well-known fact that many processed foods contain palm oil – ice cream, cake mixes, margarine, and packaged bread. Mainly, of course, because it is the cheapest oil around and it greatly extends the shelf-life of a product. Nutella relies on palm oil for both shelf life and its smooth and spreadable texture.

Palm oil is found in hundreds of household name food brands including Cadbury’s chocolate, Clover and even Ben & Jerry’s, but Nutella has so far faced the brunt of a consumer backlash.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/italy-nutella-cancer_us_58792c3de4b0e58057feac94

https://www.herfamily.ie/news/supermarkets-pulling-nutella-off-shelves-reports-claiming-causes-cancer/255507

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/nutella-causes-cancer-palm-oil-supermarket-ban-italy-cadburys-a7522291.html

Follow me

Michelle Toole

Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
Follow me

A Quick Note from Our Founder

Have you been curious about losing weight eating Bacon and Butter? You're not alone!

Going "Keto" has helped so many of my friends drop weight and keep it off.

And it's the perfect time to try it because right now you can get a free copy of a brand new cookbook called The Bacon and Butter Cookbook

This cookbook is jampacked with 148 delicious ketogenic recipes that will help you burn fat like crazy. Even stubborn belly and thigh fat won't stand a chance because your body will have NO CHOICE but to burn that fat for fuel!

If you've struggled to get rid of stubborn fat, you owe it to yourself to test-drive the keto diet and see how effective it really is. It’ll be easy once you have this free cookbook…

HURRY, this FREE offer won’t last long!

GET THE FREE COOKBOOK
sponsored advertisement
Advertisement