SARAI'S VS NUTELLA
We have received tons of questions asking about the difference between our Sarai's Spreads and Nutella. As a nutritionist, my passion is to help you be more aware about your health, which is why I wrote this article.
To get started, let's talk a little about Nutella:
The main ingredient in Nutella is refined sugar. A 2-tablespoon serving contains 21 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to 5 teaspoons of sugar, and as we know, it is very important to try to cut down on foods high in added sugar in order to have a better health. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that women and children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day, while men should limit their intake to 9 teaspoons.
Consuming too much added sugar has been linked to a variety of chronic diseases and conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, cognitive decline, and even some types of cancers, including cancer of the esophagus. Additionally, added sugar may be one of the drivers behind the rise in childhood obesity. For these reasons, my recommendation is that you reduce your consumption of foods with high amounts of added sugar, such as Nutella.
What makes Nutella so high in calories is the large amount of fat it contains. After sugar, palm oil is the second most abundant ingredient in Nutella. This oil must go through a great deal of processing to become Nutella, and the modified oils contribute to cancer and promote inflammation in the body putting our heart, liver, brain, endocrine and nervous systems at risk to function efficiently .
Healthy fats are an excellent source of nutrition for the body, but modified palm oil is far from nutritious as it is one of the most toxic and harmful types of fats that we can consume.
A two-tablespoon serving of Nutella contains:
- 200 calories
- 12 grams of saturated fat
- 21 grams of refined sugar
- 2 grams of protein
- Calcium: 4% of the RDI (recommended dietary intake)
- Iron: 4% of the RDI
Although Nutella contains a small amount of calcium and iron, it is not very nutritious and is high in sugar, calories and fat.
Now let's talk a bit about our Sarai's Hazelnut Butter:
DOES NOT CONTAIN SUGAR
Our spreads are sweetened with Monk Fruit and Erythitiol, which are low-glycemic, natural sweeteners and do not cause blood sugar spikes.
DOES NOT CONTAIN ADDED OIL
Sarai's Spreads do not contain any type of added oil, since we only use whole almonds to give it that creaminess without putting your health at risk.
A 2 tablespoon serving of our Sarai's Spread contains
- 210 calories
- 18 grams of natural fats
- 6 grams of protein
- Less than 1 gram of sugar
- Manganese: 38% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 24% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 16% of the RDI
- Copper: 14% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 12% of the RDI
- Calcium: 8% of the RDI
- Folate: 6% of the RDI
- Iron: 6% of the RDI
- Potassium: 6% of the RDI
- Zinc: 6% of the RDI
As you can see, natural almond butter provides many important nutrients that the body needs to function and thrive. Plus, our spreads contain less than 1 gram of sugar per serving, which is a huge difference from the 5 teaspoons of sugar found in one serving of Nutella.
Compared to Nutella, Sarai's spreads are a much healthier option and are not equivalent. Natural nut butters are much more nutritious than Nutella, providing more protein, less sugar, and many important nutrients.
I hope this information is helpful so that you can nurture yourself with confidence, always looking to improve your health and that of your loved ones.
Monica is a nutritionist, author and founder of Nutrición Energética. She participates as a nutrition expert on TV and radio and her professional studies include a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition, and two Masters in Nutrition Education and Holistic Nutrition from Columbia University in New York. You can contact her at IG @monica.hefferan and on her website: www.monicahefferan.com