WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A top French official claims that eating Nutella contributes to deforestation and global warming.
Segolene Royal, France’s ecology minister, told the public to stop eating the chocolate hazelnut spread because the palm oil it is made of is leading to deforestation.
“We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it’s made with palm oil,” Royal told French television network Canal +, according to The Guardian.
Royal stated that Nutella should be made from “other ingredients.”
“Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment,” Royal said, according to The Guardian.
Ferrero, the group that makes Nutella, issued a statement “saying it was aware of the environment stakes and had made commitments to source palm oil in a responsible manner,” The Guardian reports.