Your child’s favourite Nutella may cause cancer? Here’s what you must know

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Who doesn't like Nutella? However, this study says that this food product is a cause for concern. Here's a list of food additives parents must avoid.

Nutella is something we never run out of at home. I usually stock up on it for the myriad ways in which it can repurposed and have no doubt, the child LOVES it. So when I read this report in The Telegraph, I panicked, as would any parent.

Apparently, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has stated that palm oil, which is an essential additive in Nutella, generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. However, EFSA never suggested that consumption of Nutella must be discontinued as further study was needed to assess the level of risk.

Perhaps the slightly assuring thing is, according to Ferrao, the Italian confectionery firm which owns Nutella, it uses an industrial process that combines a temperature of just below 200C and extremely low pressure to minimise contaminants. However, the fact that the issue was raised, itself is a matter of concern for most parents.

On a daily basis, knowingly and unknowingly, we expose our children to harmful food additives in some form or the other. Be it certain instant noodles, toffees, or colas, there are substances used in these to either improve the texture, taste or just increase longevity. The question is, when we know that a certain thing may be unhealthy for the child, do we still give into demands of an unsuspecting child or fall in the trap of convenience?

Continue reading for a list of food additives parents must avoid at any cost!

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