Although Soom Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread (Soom Chocolate Tahini) is often compared to Nutella, there are a number of key differences that set Soom above, both in terms of nutrition and overall flavor profile.
If you’re reading this, it’s most likely because of the following reasons:
- You’ve made a specific lifestyle choice, like veganism or going dairy-free,
- You’re looking for a healthier alternative to Nutella and/or similar chocolate spreads,
- You have a limiting food allergy,
- Or you’re interested in educating yourself on the main differences and what makes Chocolate Soom superior to other chocolate spreads on the market.
Let’s take a look at Nutella first, which has eight ingredients: sugar (55%), modified palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skimmed milk powder, whey powder, lecithin, and vanillin. Just one tablespoon of Nutella will cost you 100 calories! To put this into perspective, you’d need to either walk for 28 minutes or cycle for 15 in order to burn that spoonful of “a chocolate oil spill on your tongue”.
Alternatively, Soom Chocolate Tahini is made up of only three all-natural ingredients: Soom premium tahini (66%), powdered pure cane sugar (20%), and cocoa powder (14%).
If you decided to indulge in Nutella’s suggested serving size of two tablespoons (200 calories), 99 of the 200 calories would come from 11 grams of fat (3.5g of which are saturated) and 80 of those calories would come from 21 grams of sugar (equivalent to five teaspoons of sugar!).
Soom Chocolate Tahini, which also has a serving size of two tablespoons (170 calories), is proportioned as such: 100 of the 170 calories come from 11 grams of fat (2 grams of which are full of polysaturated fats – the good kind of fat), and contains only 10 grams of sugar compared to Nutella’s 21 grams. The amount of sugar in a single serving of Nutella is more than double that of Soom!
Let’s look further into what differentiates the two chocolate spreads. Nutella is advertised as a ‘healthy morning snack’, often spread over white bread and/or packed in children’s lunchboxes. When a child’s breakfast is made up of Nutella, he or she is priming the brain and body for a crash. A high sugar intake first thing in the morning will spike blood sugar levels, resulting in plummeting mid-morning performance and contributing to poor concentration, hyperactivity, and aggression.
Unlike Nutella, Soom Chocolate Tahini is full of nutrition thanks to tahini. Sesame is rich in polyunsaturated fats, which provide essential fats that our bodies need but can’t produce itself, like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Also, tahini is loaded with plant-based calcium; just 1 tablespoon of tahini provides almost 23 mg of calcium, making it a great source for those who cannot consume dairy. Plus, tahini is packed with nutrients like magnesium and copper, which assist in bone and joint health and is full of minerals like zinc, iron, and selenium, which keep your immune system in check.
Soom Chocolate Tahini should be used as an alternative to Nutella, whether it’s in smoothies, yogurt bowls, on toast, in desserts like cookies, cakes, brownies, frosting, and our personal favorite, straight from the jar.
Whether you’re trying to keep a trim waistline, stick to a vegan lifestyle, have a nut allergy, or are lactose-adverse, Soom Chocolate Tahini is a more nutritious alternative to Nutella and other chocolate products on the market. Further, Soom Chocolate Tahini is peanut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making it a great choice for anyone to consume and serves as a great nutritional substitute for those who would otherwise be void of certain key vitamins and minerals.
“Polyunsaturated Fat.” American Heart Association, healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/ polyunsaturated-fats.
Telpner, Meghan. “5 Reasons Nutella Should Be Banned From Your Breakfast Table.” Meghan Telpner, 9 Mar. 2017, www.meghantelpner.com/blog/5-reasons-nutella-should-be- banned-from-your-breakfast-table/.
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