There's talk of Nutella being banned, and Nutella lovers are freaking out. As reported by the Independent, certain sellers in Italy have banned Nutella from their stores, including Coop, which is the largest supermarket chain in Italy. The retailers have banned Nutella as a precaution with all the talk about Nutella's palm oil ingredient potentially being a cancer-causer, so folks are wondering if Nutella will be banned in other stores. They are also wondering if Nutella is safe to eat and if palm oil causes cancer or not. That article, titled "Nutella maker fights back against fears over cancer-causing palm oil," has been shared more than 13,000 times on social media.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Nutella is a well-loved chocolate and hazelnut spread that contains palm oil to help Nutella spread smoothly. Whereas palm oil can help to make Nutella spread easily and gives Nutella the smooth texture that so many people love, the fears that Nutella could potentially be cancerous have brought Nutella a lot of attention online. The palm oil is a loved ingredient within Nutella because it helps to give Nutella a long shelf life that helps Nutella represent one of those spreads that can sit around as long as peanut butter and make for an easy spread to slather on bread, crackers or other foods.