FDA Wants To Know How You Eat Nutella

November 3, 2016

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A rose by any other name smells just as sweet, so why does Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, want their product re-classified from a 'dessert topping' to a 'jam? Well it comes down to potions and the calorie count on the label.  The current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy on servings used to count calories differs between the food groupings.  Currently, as a dessert topping, a serving size that must be printed on the label is two tablespoons which is 200 calories. However it Nutella was a jam, the serving size of one tablespoon. Backing up their claim, Ferrero commissioned a survey of 722 mothers who buy Nutella and say 74% of them use it as a spread for toast or sandwiches, with just 2% using it in ice cream.  However the FDA did its own survey and found only 47% use it as a spread while 14% eat it on their own.  All the fuss maybe due to  fears that re-classifying Nutella as a spread and lower calorie count might imply it as a healthier food, when health officials insist Nutella remains a high-calorie, high-sugar, chocolate-based indulgence. So now the FDA is seeking public input as to how much Nutella you eat and how you eat it.  All submissions must be received by January 3, 2017.


SOURCE: Quartz