What?! Nutella Changed Its Recipe to Be Even More Unhealthy

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Just what Nutella needs: more sugar! (Image: badmanproduction/iStock/GettyImages)

Nutella is having a rough year. First there were the headlines about one of its primary ingredients, palm oil, increasing your cancer risk (the company refuted the claim and Snopes took its side).

Then there was this Reddit photo that managed to make the chocolate-hazelnut treat look totally unappetizing. Yet, in spite of it all, diehard fans have remained loyal — until now. With the revelation that a couple of tweaks have been made to the recipe, Nutella devotees are freaking out.

A German consumer group first uncovered the changes, noticing that the spread appeared a shade lighter than usual, reported European news site The Local. They analyzed the nutrition label and posted their findings on Facebook: The amount of powdered skim milk had gone up from 7.5 percent to 8.7 percent, while the sugar content increased from 55.9 percent to 56.3 percent.

Nutella came clean, admitting that it had indeed made “an adjustment” to the recipe, though it promised the quality remains the same. Still, some worry that even slightly more sugar and skim milk (at the expense of cacao) might make the already-sweet spread too sweet, reported Delish.

Fans have taken to Twitter to rant about the new recipe, with some going so far as to say they’ll be boycotting the product, which — no offense to Nutella — ultimately might not be such a bad idea, at least when it comes to their waistlines.

After all, the product already contained 21 grams of sugar per serving (two tablespoons). That’s just four grams shy of the total amount of sugar the American Heart Association recommends for women (and 15 shy of the recommendation for men). So, yeah, you could give up Nutella and it wouldn’t be the worst thing.

Of course, if you do get a hankering for the chocolaty condiment, there’s this much healthier DIY alternative.

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