World Nutella Day

The Pros and Cons of Nutella



Nutella: The hazelnut paste based chocolate Nutella, January 26, 2023.

          Nutella was made in 1964 in Piedmont, Italy. Originally, it was called SuperCrema. After the second World War, sources of cocoa were rare. To solve this they made a sweet paste of hazelnuts, sugar, and the little cocoa they had left. The product was released on April 20, 1964 and the world was introduced to Nutella.  

          Now every year on February 5, World Nutella Day is celebrated. This clever substitute for the lack of cocoa, caused this little paste to become a big company.   


          Freshman Nathan Cole says, “Nutella is great for everyone who loves chocolate. I eat pretzels with Nutella, because it is a good mix of sweetness and saltiness.”

          One benefit of Nutella is the amount of fiber it contains.Fiber helps prevent high cholesterol if consumed at an appropriate amount. 

          Health teacher Mr. John Cain explains, “Nutella does have some unique nutritional values that can be occasionally incorporated into a person’s diet. Nutella does contain some fiber, and diets that are high in fiber are known to be beneficial in lowering a person’s cholesterol level.”  

          Nutella has substances like calcium, fiber, iron, and others.  that help make red blood cells, which can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and strengthen bones. 


          While Nutella has many positives that go along with it, the product also has negatives. The negatives can also outweigh the positives.

          One prevalent con of Nutella is that it can trigger nut allergies in public places. Some schools have banned Nutella because of the high risk of an allergic reaction. 

          There have been people who have died eating Nutella due to an unknown allergy to hazelnuts. About 1.81 million people a year die from nut allergies, while one in 200 die from allergic reactions to nuts.

          Health teacher Mr. Jeffrey Raucci remarks “For others who eat it as a snack and are not very active, there are a lot of saturated and trans fats in the ingredients which can lead to high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.” 

          Eating too much Nutella can cause many health problems. One of the ingredients in Nutella is palm oil, which was used in a study conducted by the European Food Safety Authority. According to, Palm oil in “Nutella, caused the aggressive spread of cancer in mice.”

          Adding on that, also says “ Palm oil becomes potentially cancer-causing when it is processed at high temperatures (approx. 200°C).”

  states “Although Nutella contains a small amount of calcium and iron, it’s not very nutritious and high in sugar, calories and fat.”

          Nutella will be under a debate for years if it’s healthy or unhealthy but it won’t take away from what people get out of it.