I just read an article stating that Nutella was dangerous (and addictive).

Terribly addicting indeed… but not surprising, because because the truth is that Nutella contains monosodium glutamate , aka E621 1 deeply hidden in the famous word ‘flavorings’. [2] You know, glutamate, the flavor enhancer that would stimulate appetite and maliciously destroy neurons[3]… To this is added – wait for it – a small dose of … plastic ! And yes, our famous spread contains DEHP , one of the most dangerous phthalates [4], which is usually used to produce packaging and has the nasty tendency to migrate into the product. Be aware that this unwelcome guest is banned in toys and cosmetics because it is considered a carcinogen and induces, uh … testicular atrophy. Nice, huh?

The references are quite shabby in my opinion (even if there is one from Nature). What I doubt, is that there is such substance in the Nutella. I also think that if there really is such substance in the product it would be in quantities that are safe for human consumption.

Is Nutella causing destruction of human neurons?

  • There are two questions here. The first Is MSG bad for you? is a duplicate. The second "Does Nutella contain MSG?" is the only one left to answer. That should be easy enough to find out.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 1:03
  • Agreed, I have read that the ingredients are differents in North America than in Europe. In the first, it is claimed that MSG is hidden under the vanillin and it the latter under the label "flavorings". It make me even more doubt the claim.
    – Zonata
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 1:13
  • On MSG, there is no actual answer adressing the claim that it is a neurotoxin (could I ask a seperate question for that?).
    – Zonata
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 1:16
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    @Zonata The other question shows that MSG isn’t bad for you. That implies that it isn’t neurotoxic, doesn’t it? (However, that question isn’t sufficiently informative in my opinion; the article you quote actually cites good evidence that MSG may have averse effects, even if the research is a bit dated.) Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 11:53
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    @KonradRudolph you really think sugar is on the same level as PCBs and fearmongering things like "MSG causes braincells to die"? The whole thing reads just like that, mindless fearmongering and anti-industrial (and especially "anti-chemistry") nonsense like we've become accustomed to from the radical green movement and their offshoots in the radical vegan movement.
    – jwenting
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 12:27


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