An ingredient in your favourite chocolate spread has been linked to cancer

Palm oil is causing all sorts of problems.

This isn’t the first time Nutella have face criticism for using palm oil in their famous chocolate spread, however despite the latest damning news they are determined to continue using it.


The controversial oil has been linked to environmental damage, but more recently has been found to contain a potentially cancer-causing chemical.


When palm oil is heated over 200 degrees a compound forms called glycidol, which has shown evidence as a carcinogen – or cancer-causing chemical.


Despite the bad press around the environmental impact of using palm oil, and the potential contaminant glycidol, Ferrero are not looking to take palm oil out of their popular spread.


‘Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward,’ Ferrero’s purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella told Reuters.


Nutella is not the only company that regularly uses palm oil. Ben & Jerry’s, Cadbury’s chocolate, and many margarines also use the controversial oil in their products.

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