By Christopher Rosa. Photos: Getty Images.
In today's bizarre mommy-shaming news, social media trolls are accusing Kelly Clarkson of "child abuse" because she gave her daughter Nutella. Yup.
The Piece by Piece singer posted an Instagram video earlier this week of her two-year-old daughter, River, trying the hazelnut-chocolate spread for the first time, and it's adorable. It's also, if you're a mom, familiar: The toddler digs into a Nutella-smeared piece of bread, and her face bears the evidence.
Apparently, though, some Insta users took offense to Clarkson's post, and it didn't take long for the nutrition police to slide into the comments section and scold the pop star for giving her daughter the treat. "Stop eating Nutella," one commenter said, according to Good Housekeeping. "It's been confirmed to give cancer."
"Nutella is hella bad for you," another user quipped.
"Nutella is PACKED with sugars. Don't make your kids blow up," wrote a third troll. (Keep in mind that these people are talking about a two-year-old child.)
But the most biting comment came from a user who said Clarkson giving River Nutella was a form of "child abuse." "Giving food like this to a child is child abuse," he or she wrote, GH reports.
Simmer down. We're talking about a child eating Nutella one time. It's not like she's giving her kid candy for every meal. Plus, the fact Clarkson even posted the video is proof she probably views foods like Nutella as special, sporadic treats.
And Good Housekeeping Institute nutrition director Jaclyn London (R.D.) 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 GH.
As for the rumors that Nutella causes cancer? Rubbish. (Earlier this year the European Food Safety Authority published a report that said palm oil, an ingredient in Nutella, can form a "potentially carcinogenic contaminant" if it's heated above 200 degrees Celsius. But the oil in Nutella is heated below this temperature.) "There is absolutely zero substantial evidence to suggest that Nutella increases cancer risk," London said. "No single food product can increase your risk of chronic disease in isolation."
It looks like the mommy shamers, unsurprisingly, are wrong again. Leave Kelly Clarkson (and Nutella!) alone. K, thanks.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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