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Here’s Why We All Have To Stop Eating Nutella Because Life Is Full Of Suffering

On today’s episode of “Why Does Everything Have To Hurt So Much?” we’re going to talk all about Nutella and why we can’t have nice things.

Although the marketing team behind Nutella has been peddling the chocolatey, hazelnut-packed spread as being part of a well-balanced breakfast, we all have to remember that these folks are, in fact, part of a marketing team.

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And that means they’ve been lying through their chocolate-covered teeth. As it turns out, there are a few ingredients in Nutella that contributed to a lawsuit against its maker, Ferrero. They’re far from healthy.

Let’s talk about that lawsuit.

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In 2012, Nutella’s parent company paid a total of $3 million to all participants in the claim after being found guilty of something called “healthwashing.”

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This comes into play when marketing teams spin branding on the basis of health and make claims that sound like they’re rooted in scientific fact. In reality, this approach is typically taken when an unhealthy food could potentially be deemed “less unhealthy” than a competitor’s product.

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Over the years, there have even been cases in which healthcare professionals and representatives have teamed up with corporations like Coca-Cola to produce “studies” that tilt findings in the given company’s favor.

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Although the class-action case against Ferrero did not arrive on the coattails of such a study, it operated on a similar basis. Basically, the motion was filed because the brand’s TV ads hocked Nutella as being part of a nutritious breakfast even though it certainly isn’t.

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But what is it about Nutella that’s so bad? Three things: vanillin, soy lecithin, and modified palm oil. I don’t really want to put any of those in my body.

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Let’s start with vanillin because it sounds like the name of a terrible super-villain. The stuff is derived from petroleum, people. We need to go ahead and not ingest it.

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And no, before you ask, it’s not vanilla. In the case of artificial vanilla flavoring, this chemical cocktail is used to fragrance the so-called “extract.” Vanillin is classified as an excitotoxin, and consumption of such toxins has been linked to neurological disorders, migraines, endocrine disorders, seizures, and more.

It also contains MSG, and if you eat Chinese takeout, you know that this stuff triggers the reward center in your brain that makes you want to stuff your face. That’s not good when what you’re eating contains an excitotoxin.

Soy lecithin is also bad news.

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Researchers found that animals that consumed soy lecithin regularly (albeit in fairly high amounts) displayed hypoactivity, poor reflexes, and decreased response to pain medications. Again, this is after much higher exposure to the additive than most of us would get through eating Nutella, but it’s good to monitor intake since it is among the most popular food additives in the world. You’re probably getting hit with this stuff from all sides, folks.

And last but not least, we have modified palm oil.

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By nature, vegetable oils are modified because their production typically requires the use of heavy chemical additives and extreme heat processing. In Nutella, modified palm oil ups the fat factor in a way that isn’t exactly healthy. In peanut butter, which is presumably Nutella’s arch nemesis here in the States, the fat content is pretty high but those fats are naturally occurring.

Basically, they are the “good fats” your doctor always yammers on about. That’s not the case for the oil in Nutella, which is highly processed.

When you spread Nutella on one piece of your morning toast, you might as well melt down a candy bar and spread that on the other. They’d essentially have the same health payoff because life is awful and everything hurts.

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When it comes to crushing your overall contentment, consider me your go-to gal. Goodbye, Nutella. It was nice knowing you.

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13 So-Called Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t So Great For You

You know what’s better than sitting down in front of a big bowl of kale? Sitting down in front of just about anything else.

A cup full of razor blades? Yup. A dish piled high with rusty nails? You bet. A plate of discarded dreams? Pretty much.

Very obvious (and probably abnormal) distaste for kale aside, green stuff is good for you. If you feel lethargic, irritable, sluggish, or generally out of shape, you’re probably not getting enough of it. That being said, there are some fruits, veggies, and dishes out there that get off on masquerading as health food just to watch us squirm. Here are a few culprits that your body really wouldn’t miss if you replaced them with chocolate.*

*Don’t replace vegetables with chocolate.

1. Peas

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Okay, so here’s the deal with peas and why they’re the worst. Not only do they taste like a combination of moth balls and sadness, but they’re really not all that good for you because they’re high on the glycemic scale. High-glycemic foods have been linked to weight gain and acne. Bye, peas. Bye.

2. Bell Peppers

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Because the universe has a personal vendetta against me and wants to rip the vegetables I actually like from my weak, unhealthy hands, bell peppers contain something called solanine. Basically, this little chemical can lead to inflammation that can eventually morph into diabetes and/or heart disease. The only domino effects you can count on in life are bad ones. Remember that.

3. Frozen Veggie Burgers

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Bad news, veg friends. The frozen veggie burgers we all know and love are usually packed with highly processed soy. To enjoy veggie burgers that actually contain vegetables, try making some from scratch.

4. Coconut and Almond Milk (in Cartons)

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Because drinking dairy milk is hands down one of the weirdest things human beings do, plenty of us opt for almond and coconut milk. And that’s fine. The downside is that those of us who have made the switch also purchase our milk of choice in cartons at the supermarket. Commercial producers of the stuff have to extract a lot of it in a short period of time, which leads to the addition of artificial vitamins like vitamin D2. These artificial versions have been linked to birth defects and brittle bones.

A substance called carrageenan is also used in this process, which was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a carcinogen. We’re all screwed.

5. Margarine

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If there’s one thing that sends me into an existential crisis, it’s the fact that I have to live my life knowing that butter is bad for me. While opting for fat-free, oil-based spreads like margarine might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice, hydrogenated oils turn into trans fats at room temperature, and those are even worse than saturated fats. Everything is horrible and happiness is an illusion.

6. Celery

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There’s no long, drawn-out explanation for why celery isn’t the best choice. It’s just kind of pointless. If your intake of nutrition-packed veggies is adequate, go ahead and make some ants on a log. If it’s not, don’t rely on these crunchy little guys to get you where you need to be.

7. Whole-Grain Bread

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Why can’t the universe just let me be great? Here I am thinking that choosing whole-grain bread over white bread at the grocery store is the best way to go, but nah, nothing works. As it turns out, many of those lying, scheming loaves are dyed versions of their paler counterparts. They also tend to contain hydrogenated oils and added sugar. I love everything! (No I don’t!)

8. Yogurt

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Because I’m apparently wearing a sign that says “please play me” on my back, most yogurt in grocery stores contains as much sugar as a candy bar. Your best bet is to go as plain as possible and add your own fruit and toppings at home.

9. Dried Fruit

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Loved by crunchy people the world over, dried fruit also has a candy-like effect on the ol’ bod. Packed with sugar and preservatives, these snacks aren’t much better for you than gummy bears. And they’re obviously not half as good, so you’re playing yourself here.

10. Agave Nectar

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While artificial sweeteners are horrible, using agave nectar as an alternative just because it’s natural isn’t any better. In fact, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener. Things just got real sour real quick.

11. Sandwich Thins

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You can just go ahead and assume that anything that calls itself “bread” and also comes with a mile-long ingredient list probably isn’t healthy. Instead, be way too cool for your friends and eat open-faced sandwiches if you want to skip out on some carbs.

12. Egg Substitutes

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Egg substitutes will essentially help you trade a little cholesterol for way too many preservatives (and will rob you of a few key vitamins in the process). Eating a few whole eggs a week isn’t going to hurt you.

13. Wraps

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My whole world is crashing down around me. Basically, tortillas are almost always made with white flour and packed with a third of your daily value of sodium. The other issue here is psychological. Because we’re excited about cutting back on bread, we opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled. We indulge on a little ranch dressing. Those calories add up. Guess everything is a lie, folks.

If you need me, you can find me in the kitchen eating my feelings (and I won’t be using a wrap to find sweet, edible relief).

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/not-so-healthy/

These Stunning Japanese Cakes Are Designed With Trust Issues In Mind (Just Wait)

There are certain things in life that you just don’t mess with, and cake is one of them.

Unless you’re Vegedeco Salad Cafe in Japan, that is. What they’re creating flies in the face of everything we know and love about the undisputed champion of dessert. Instead of allowing patrons to eat their feelings with a side of buttercream frosting, they do the unthinkable by making deceptively beautiful cakes out of vegetables.

Trust no one.

A food stylist by the name of Mitsuki Moriyasu came up with the idea, presumably after giving up on life.

This princess-party-worthy confection, for example, rests on a bed of lies (and beets).

That being said, Moriyasu paved the road away from happiness with good intentions.

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Instead of dropping salads (otherwise known as edible sadness) in front of customers, she adds some visual appeal to the situation.

These counterfeit creations were such a hit back in 2015 that Moriyasu and a few restaurateurs decided to open a joint called Vegedeco Salad Cafe that’s dedicated to the distribution of this culinary crime against humanity.

Healthiness aside, I have to admit that they’re beautiful. Blast you, Mitsuki Moriyasu!

Nothing is sacred anymore, friends. To learn more about this cafe and the food designer behind its signature dish, check out Vegedeco Salad Cafe’s website and follow them on Instagram.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/salad-cakes/

9 Signs That Your Body Is Screaming For Better Nutrition

We’ve been told since childhood that eating healthy food makes us stronger, which, if you’re gross like me, you’ve interpreted as eating an apple once every Arbor Day or so.

But as it turns out, your body needs a healthy dose of good nutrition every day, and if it doesn’t receive it, it will find the weirdest ways to tell you. Here are some warning signs of malnourishment that you should watch out for.

Digestion issues.

Not to sound like a pharmaceutical ad, but do you have trouble with constipation or diarrhea? Then you may be suffering from a lack of fiber. Doctors suggest eating things like whole wheat pasta and bran flakes to keep your intestines happy.

Delayed healing.

Nobody heals as fast as our determined friend Wile E. Coyote here, but if you have a wound that is taking a long time to heal, you should take stock of what you’re eating every day. Calories and proteins are essential when it comes to the healing process.

Brittle hair.

If your hair is becoming straw-like and can be pulled out easily, you might need more protein in your diet. Any type of meat packs a healthy punch of protein, but if you’re a vegetarian, you can go for beans, eggs, and nuts.

Brittle nails.

Do your nails break as much as an affluent woman’s in an old-timey movie? You might actually have a magnesium deficiency. Eat more foods like avocados, whole grains, and bananas!

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Premature aging.

Studies show that a poor diet can create wrinkles on the face at an earlier age. To combat that, you need to eat more foods that are packed with vitamins A through E. Antioxidants are also your friends. We’re talking about fruits and vegetables here, folks.

Cold hands.

You might blame your icy hands on bad circulation, but it could also mean that you have an iodine deficiency. You should eat more things from the sea, like kelp and shrimp. Iodine-rich foods like cranberries, yogurt, and potatoes are great as well.

Fissured tongue.

If your tongue is starting to look like the ruins of Pompeii, you may have a vitamin B deficiency. You need to have more fish, soy, and bran in your diet.

Dry skin.

Dry, lizard-like skin can be caused by the cold, but sometimes, it can mean that you aren’t getting enough vitamin A. Have some more carrots, dark leafy greens, and red meat. You’ll be happy to know that BUTTER is also high in vitamin A!

Bad teeth.

Obviously, having bad teeth is often a sign that you need to cut back on sugar, but bleeding gums could also indicate that you need to get some more vitamin C. Try to get more citrus fruits and broccoli into your diet.

I know it seems like your body wants cookies and cakes, but, as lame as it sounds, it really wants a more balanced diet. It’s boring, I know, but it’s totally necessary.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/nutrition/

This Talented Mom Goes To Epic Lengths When She Wants Her Son To Eat His Veggies

Like most parents, Laleh Mohmedi has trouble getting her child to eat his veggies.

After all, what’s so fun about munching on carrots when cookies exist? It’s that fun factor that her little guy, Jacob, felt was lacking whenever she laid out plates full of whole grains, fruits, and veggies.

For that reason, Mohmedi now taps into her creative side to give her son the healthy foods he needs. By turning avocados, whole-grain waffles, bell peppers, and so many more healthy staples into works of art, this crafty mom is able to introduce Jacob to the wonderful world of nutrition while blowing his mind (and everyone else’s) in the process. That’s how her Jacob’s Food Diaries Instagram account was born. Check out some of her cutest creations below!

To keep up with Laleh Mohmedi’s culinary adventures, be sure to follow her on Instagram!

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