Nutella! Is It Soy-Free?

Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!

Nutella is a common spread that can be found around the world, and it seems like it has relatively few ingredients. Is it soy-free?

Intuitively, Nutella is probably not soy-free. Creamy, spreadable foods (like peanut butter) often contain some sort of oil, and this oil usually soybean oil. Without checking the ingredient list to confirm, we can conservatively guess that Nutella contains soy. Actually, checking the ingredient list shows that Nutella uses palm oil (sustainable palm oil, in fact) and doesn’t use any soybean oil. So far, so good.

 IMAGE VIA PIXABAY

IMAGE VIA PIXABAY

But then the bad news: Nutella uses lecithin as an emulsifier to help make it smooth and creamy. Specifically, Nutella contains sunflower lecithin and soy lecithin. Unfortunately, Nutella does contain soy in the form of soy lecithin. Nutella is on the list of products like chocolate, tea, and cough drops that can contain soy, but only in the form of soy lecithin. 

We’ve never looked for a replacement for Nutella since we don’t eat very much of it, but it is another example of a common food that’s off the table because of soy. In our case, avoiding Nutella is easier than finding a replacement for a food we rarely eat. We’ll continue to eat our toast (and the occasionally crepe) with jam until the need arises to find a Nutella alternative.