If you do find a study talking about the benefits of nutella, I’d read that and consider it.Posted: July 11, 2013
Yesterday, I was reading Cooking Light magazine. This subscription was a gift, and most of the articles in the magazines send my blood boiling. I don’t pay much attention to it, a lot of the time, because Cooking Light might work perfectly well for some people, and I don’t have a problem with that. Yesterday, I saw an article about swapping calories. I stand behind this – after all, weight loss is about calories in and calories out. But, I also believe that there’s more to a healthy lifestyle than weight loss/maintenance. The number on the scale is not the only determining factor in health. Anyway, two suggestions stood out to me above all else.
One snack was a trail mix, and the suggestion was to sub whole grain cereal for the cereals typically found in trail mixes. (I guess they’re referring to Chex Mix? My trail mix never has cereal in it…) The second suggestion was to take out the nuts, because they’re full of evil calories. (All calories are evil, of course) Then, a snack was a handful of almonds and chocolate. The suggestion was to avoid almonds – due to their caloric content – and instead put a couple of spoonfuls of nutella on a graham cracker. Seriously.
If you want to eat nutella by the spoonful (or in small quantities, whatever) – please enjoy that nutella. It’s chocolatey and delicious. It tastes fucking fantastic on warm croissants, or even toast. It’s great with crepes, filled with fruit. I have a recipe for nutella cookies that are delicious. Sometimes, you don’t even need to combine nutella with anything – a finger in the jar can be perfection. I firmly believe that there’s nothing wrong with indulgences – there’s at time and a place for giving into cravings – but please don’t lie to yourself and say that you’re making decisions based on health. There’s no reason to justify treats – they taste good, and that’s that. “Because I want it” is reason enough. Because you’re a grownup, in charge of your own body and your own decisions. But certainly not because almonds have too many calories, and you only saved space for nutella.
My opinion has clearly shifted. I feel very strongly and passionate about the importance of real food, and the decrease of sugar in one’s diet. There were lots of hidden lessons within the Whole 30 (ones that I’m still unpacking), and obviously not everyone has the same reaction to dairy, or gluten, or legumes. But sugar? Sugar is not your friend. At the same time, I still believe that self-experimentation is the only way to get real answers. I just want to add a disclaimer that I hope I’m not stepping on anyone’s feelings by arguing against nutella as a health food. After all, I’m no expert.