Health Benefits of Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, are a sweet-flavored nut that can be enjoyed in baked recipes, as snacks, and at meals, they could be the main component of a healthy diet. Hazelnuts contain vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They add a nutty and rich flavor to baked desserts. They can also boost the nutritional profile of a salad. Many people are choosing to include hazelnuts in more and more recipes and dishes because of their excellent flavor and health value.
It seems that eating hazelnuts, and other tree nuts, can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Hazelnuts are a rich source of protein, vitamin E, folate, B vitamins, and arginine. Vitamin E is important in maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. The B vitamins are important in proper cell and energy metabolism. Hazelnuts are also a rich source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Magnesium plays an important role in regulating the amount of calcium that goes into and out of the cells of the body. The proper amount of calcium at the proper time encourages muscle contraction and allows the muscles to relax when they’re not needed.
The nervous system needs amino acids in order to function, and amino acids require vitamin B6. Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin B6. Hazelnut cooking oil has a similar composition to extra virgin olive oil with high content in Omega 9 and Omega 6 fatty acid. This makes hazelnuts another healthy cooking oil option with flavorful taste. The oil has also been used in cooking, and as “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines in massage therapy, aromatherapy, in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
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