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Nutella v. Chocolate Cream Cheese

School Of Nutrition Posted Jun 16, 2014 Future Fit Training


Are you craving some chocolate spread on your toast? Here we compare two chocolate spreads you can find in your local supermarket. Which one is better?

Nutella v. Chocolate Cream Cheese

Let's look at the stats:

 

NUTELLA (FERRERO)

PHILADELPHIA CADBURY CHOCOLATE LIGHT

Serving size

2 tbsp. (30g)

2 tbsp. (30g)

Calories

200Kcal

86Kcal

Carbohydrates

21g

10 g

Of which sugars

21g

10g

Fat

12g

4 g

Of which saturates

4g

2.5g

Protein

2g

1.9 g

Ingredients

Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Hazelnuts (13%), Fat-Reduced Cocoa (7.4%), Skimmed Milk Powder (6.6%), Whey Powder, Emulsifier: Lecithin (Soya), Vanillin

Medium Fat Soft Cheese 56%, Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Vegetable Fat, Milk Fat, Stabilizers (Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E 442), Flavourings, Citric Acid

Highlights:

  • For the same serving size, Nutella has double the amount of sugar and 3 times more fat than the chocolate cream cheese spread.
  • The chocolate cream cheese spread has a much longer ingredients list than Nutella, with many additives, including an emulsifier, a preservative and flavourings.
  • Although Nutella is made with hazelnuts, these are only the third ingredient in the list. In other words, there is more sugar and vegetable oil than hazelnuts in the spread.

OUR WINNER: Nutella!

Neither of these two products is a great choice to spread on your toast. If we had to choose one, we would reluctantly pick Nutella. Although higher in calories, fat and sugar than the cream cheese spread, at least it contains the goodness of hazelnuts and has fewer additives.

However, there are better alternatives to spread on your toast. For a similar caloric load, natural nut or seed butters would contain no added sugar, more fibre and no additives. So we recommend that you save any type of chocolate flavoured spreads for an occasional treat only.      

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