Mom Sues Nutella For False Advertising


California Mom Athena Hohenberg is suing Nutella for what she says are overhyped nutrition claims when the popular sandwich spread is actually loaded with sugar and saturated fat.

She said she was “shocked to learn that Nutella was in fact, not ‘healthy, nutritious’ food, but instead was the next best thing to a candy bar, and that Nutella contains dangerous level of saturated fat.” nutrition

It’s true, Nutella does claim their product is great for busy Moms wanting to “nourish their children with whole grains” and they do say “Nutella can form a part of a balanced meal.”

Nutella contains 21 grams of sugar per serving. Half the 200 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving come from fat…and who do you know that’s only eating 2 tablespoons of Nutella as a serving? If it’s so good for you who would think twice when considering a second helping? Or eating it straight from the jar in your underpants instead of looking for work?

Q: What is the best breakfast to serve my child in the morning?

Connie: The “best” breakfast is the one that will be eaten! With the unique taste of Nutella®, kids may think they are eating a treat for breakfast, while moms are helping nourish their children with whole grains.

A slice of whole wheat toast spread with Nutella®, a serving of fresh fruit and a cup of yogurt or 1% milk provides perfect balanced nutrition to start the day. -Connie Evers M.S., R.D., is an award-winning, registered dietitian, children’s nutrition expert and mother of 3

If I had to guess I’d say most people wouldn’t eat Nutella straight from they jar, they’d eat it as what they thought was a pretty healthy breakfast and that’s what this lawsuit aims to stop, parent company Ferrero’s marketing of Nutella as being healthy. 21 grams of sugar per serving is actually 5 teaspoons of sugar.

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So what’s the big deal? Nutella has damn near 5 ingredients as food industry journalist Michael Pollan recommends.

Ingredients: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor.

nutritionfacts2Ok so that’s 8, and really the red flags here should be the fact that sugar is first on the list, palm oil and soy are involved, and an artificial flavor. Nutella prefers to focus on the skim milk, over 50 hazelnuts per 13 oz. jar (which you can’t taste in my opinion), no artificial colors or artificial preservatives and the low sodium, but here’s another red flag Micheal Pollan recommends we look out for: Nutella claims to be healthy…which, in this age of marketing in the food industry, means IT IS NOT HEALTHY.

I’m not telling you not to eat Nutella I’m just saying don’t eat it or give it to your kids under the pretense that it’s health food.


Food Fact: Nutella® spread was created in the 1940s. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing.

So hazelnuts were used to extend the chocolate supply.

Do you think this is a frivolous lawsuit? Do you eat Nutella? What do you think of Nutella’s health claims?


  1. Monique

    Wow, that’s a lot of sugar per serving. I agree about the product being marketed as “nutritious” but like other products, mom has to read the labels. If she wants to be technical, she would have to bring in more than Nutella for “false advertising” because most of them companies have misleading advertising.

  2. Madam Toussaint

    That’s harsh. Do these companies have *any* responsibility to the consumer as far as truth in their advertising is concerned? Shouldn’t truth in advertising be regulated?

  3. welzap

    I am really thrilled by this article because I have been eating nutella from last few weeks I have not seen much increase in my weight, so I am not sure what to say. still serving of sugar seems to fear me, but I exercise everyday so I am not that worried. Now I need to find an alternative for my breakfast. so sad…

  4. Madam Toussaint

    Sugar can have more effects on your body than just gaining weight and there’s also the concern of also getting hooked on it- needing that sugar everyday. Information is good though and helps us all be mindful about how we eat!

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  6. Tankot

    Maybe if people aren’t ignorant and learn to read Nutrition Facts. I mean advertising is one thing, but FDA REQUIRES Nutrition Facts on practically all foods whether it be restaurants with their facts online or on the food packing itself.

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