A big new tax on palm oil being debated in France's National Assembly this week is striking fear into the heart of a group that, until recently, didn't even know it had any political significance whatsoever: Nutella fans.
The bill, which has already been approved by a French Senate commission, would increase taxes on palm oil by 300 percent. The lawmakers argue that palm oil, which is high in saturated fats, poses a threat to public health. The production of palm oil in Southeast Asia also been linked to myriad environmental violations, especially deforestation.
Nutella is a full 20 percent palm oil, so if the tax passes, the price of the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread is likely to rise by about 0.06 Euros per kilo, which translates to about three-and-a-third cents a pound.
That may not sound like a lot, but it's been enough to upset some French consumers, who have traditionally been among Nutella's most vociferous fans. It's a common filling for crepes eaten at both breakfast and dessert.
According to Reuters, the makers of Nutella have vowed not to change their recipe, regardless of what happens in the National Assembly this week.
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Wendy's Baconator Double
We're sorry to tell you this, Mr. Mayor, but the cheeseburger called <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/03/24/the-40-deadliest-fast-food-meals.html" target="_hplink">"Deadliest Fast Food Meal"</a> by the Daily Beast, the Baconator Double, packs 1,330 calories in one serving.
IHOP's Chicken And Spinach Salad
Mr. Bloomberg, we apologize for the shock that burger must have caused you. Allow us to soften the blow with a salad. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2111042/Not-healthy-option--The-IHOP-chicken-spinach-salad-calorie-equivalent-THREE-Big-Macs.html" target="_hplink">IHOP's 1600 calorie Chicken and Spinach Salad</a>. For the record, that calorie count is higher than a burger on their menu with an added <strong>bacon patty</strong>.
T.G.I.Friday's Loaded Potato Skins
We know how you feel, sir. Up is down, down is up, salad is terrible for you... perhaps potato skins have become good for you? Maybe not. <a href="http://www.tgifridays.com/greatfood#appetizers" target="_hplink">T.G.I.Friday's Loaded Potato Skins</a> have 2030 calories and 131g of fat, which, it should be noted, is significantly more than the Jack Daniel's Sampler Platter -- which is a plate of meat, basted with Jack Daniel's and sugar.
KFC Double Down
In case you somehow missed it, Mr. Bloomberg, we'd like to turn your attention to the KFC Double Down. They use fried chicken instead of buns for this sandwich, sir.
World's Meatiest Sandwich
<a href="http://www.geekologie.com/2012/05/28-lb-sandwich-is-worlds-meatiest-most-k.php" target="_hplink">This monstrosity was created</a> to commorate the UK launch of <em>Man vs. Food</em>. Sir, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Who wants to eat a 28 pound sandwich, anyway?" We're not sure, Bloomie, but you'll probably want to ban it.
Burger King Triple Whopper With Cheese
Mr. Mayor, we see your gears turning: just like the proposed ban on large sodas, you're envisioning limiting Burger King customers to only two patties per burger. This<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5vjQQXauD0" target="_hplink"> Japanese commercial for the product</a> may have swayed us your way: you probably shouldn't order anything you have to un-hinge your jaw to eat.
Where will the line be drawn, Mr. Mayor? Will you follow your nose to the doors of those citizens who make themselves a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/dining/28bacon.html" target="_hplink">Bacon Explosion</a> and confiscate the contraband? <em>Bacon explosion picture by Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/beckmann/3362040723/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Elin B.</a></em>
Chili's Shiner Bock Baby Back Ribs
Michael (can we call you Michael?), by now, we all know <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/dining/23bloom.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">how much you like salt</a>. But <a href="http://www.chilis.com/" target="_hplink">Chili's Shiner Bock Ribs</a> may be too much even for you: they're packing a whopping 2310 calories, 124g of fat and <strong>6340mg of sodium</strong> in one portion. Please put down the salt-shaker, sir.
Denny's Grand Slamwich
Because we know how focused on health you are, Mr. Mayor, you are likely very focused on starting your day off with a substantial breakfast. Please hang onto your Mayoral hat, because <a href="http://dennys.com/" target="_hplink">Denny's Grand Slamwich</a> is packing 1520 calories and 101 grams of fat. Although there are currently no Denny's locations in New York City, we thought you might want to disapprove anyway. Today NYC, tomorrow the world, am I right? (You remember their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/01/dennys-mac-n-cheese-patty-melt_n_945390.html" target="_hplink">Mac N' Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt</a>, don't you?)
Burger King Bacon Sundae
Still hungry for dessert? Well sir, Burger King <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/burger-king-bacon-sundae_n_1590522.html?utm_hp_ref=food" target="_hplink">will be giving their Bacon Sundae a wider release this summer</a>, which means more soft-serve, fudge, caramel and bacon will be available to the public.
Cold Stone Creamery's Chocolate Malt
Here's one you might want to pick up your ban-writing pen for, Mr. Mayor: just one of <a href="http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/" target="_hplink">Cold Stone Creamery's</a> "Gotta Have It"-sized Chocolate Malts contains 1520 calories and 85g of fat. A healthier option might be to just eat a <a href="http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/butter?portionid=29481&portionamount=1.000" target="_hplink">stick of butter</a> on its own.