Mommy-shamers have accused singer Kelly Clarkson of child abuse for giving her daughter Nutella.
The 34-year-old gave her daughter River Rose a taste of the hazelnut-chocolate spread for the first time and posted the video on Instagram.
In the video, the toddler takes a bite of a Nutella-smeared piece of bread for the first time.
‘River, do you like Nutella?’ Kelly asks.
‘Yeah,’ the two-year-old replies happily.
River Rose then lets loose with an adorable happy dance.
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The video, which has been viewed more than three million times, set off a firestorm of criticism on social media.
Commenters were quick to scold the pop star for giving her daughter the treat.
One user quipped: ‘Nutella is PACKED with sugars. Don’t make your kids blow up.’
‘Nutella is hella bad for you,’ another person agreed.
The comments range from condescending to cruel. But the most vicious comments came from a user who Clarkson’s actions ‘child abuse’. ‘Giving food like this to a child is child abuse,’ they wrote.
This claim was backed by a commenter who warned that Nutella had been ‘confirmed to give cancer’.
Last year, controversial reports said the palm oil in Nutella could be carcinogenic. Studies have shown that there is a risk if it’s heated above 392 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn’t the case for the dessert, but it’s uncertain if that’s true for lower temperatures. The European Food Safety Authority is still investigating.
Clarkson’s decision to give her toddler the hazelnut spread set off a firestorm of criticism on social media, with one commenter going so far as to call the pop star a child abuser
The mommy shamers warned Clarkson (center) that Nutella has added sugars and perpetuated false claims that the dessert is carcinogenic
This image claims to reveal exactly what goes into a jar of Nutella – and exactly how much
Good Housekeeping’s nutrition director defends Clarkson’s decision to let her child eat Nutella
What really goes into a jar of Nutella?
Unlike most nut butters, Nutella is composed mostly of sugar and palm oil – the cheapest oil on the market
Each 15g tablespoon of the spread contains 8.5g of sugar – which means that each 400g jar contains a whopping 227.2g
That works out as 57 sugar cubes per jar – and makes up more than half of the jar’s weight
Most Americans consume more sugar than the American Heart Association’s recommendations, which is no more than 25g, per day for women and no more than 37.5g, per day for men
Just two slices of bread with Nutella is equal to the entire maximum daily intake of seven-10 year olds, according to the Action on Sugar survey
‘There is absolutely zero substantial evidence to suggest that Nutella increases cancer risk,’ said Jaclyn London, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. ‘No single food product can increase your risk of chronic disease in isolation.’
London defends eating treats. ‘Enjoying indulgent foods together with family can be a part of a healthy diet and long-term relationship with food,’ she told Good Housekeeping.
But since Nutella contains added sugar, London advises it be eaten in moderation.
‘I love that Kelly shared this very fun and sweet moment,’ London said.
River Rose is Kelly’s first child. She and husband Brandon Blackstock also share son Remington, who will turn one this month. Brandon also has two kids from a previous marriage.
Brandon also has two kids from a previous marriage