Hazelnut nutritional information

Hazelnut nutritional information Hazelnut nutritional information


Hazelnuts, like most nuts, have a low water content, high in fat (and energy), important in protein, significant in fiber and no cholesterol.

The protein is of good quality, with a good amount of the amino acid L-arginine, which helps to prevent arteries injuries and blood clots formation.

Its fiber content regulates intestinal peristalsis, helping against constipation and protecting colon intestinal wall.

About fats, 78% are monounsaturated, and they are so rich in oleic acid that they become "authentic natural capsules of olive oil ', which provide great benefits for the heart and overall health, since they reduce plasma triglycerides and LDL cholesterol ("bad"), without affecting or increasing HDL ("good").

Respect to vitamins, vitamin E content of these nuts prevents fat from being oxidized or rancid giving bad taste to food. Hence with only a handful of hazelnuts over 35% of the recommended daily vitamin is covered. This nutrient has antioxidante power, which means an additional preventive effect against cardiovascular diseases. In addition, due to its folic acid contain- vitamin that prevents fetales malformations – they are recommended for pregnant women.

Hazelnuts are a good source of minerals because they provide important amounts of phosphorus and magnesium, significant iron and calcium (after almond is the nut with higher content of this mineral) and acceptable potassium and zinc. Because of their good calcium/phosphorus ratio, hazelnut milk is ideal for the growth stages and adolescence, where both nutrients play an essential role in the bone formation and remodeling; also for the elderly, where a rich in calcium diet is an important preventive measure against the osteoporosis development. On the other hand, hazelnut milk can be an alternative to cow's milk, in cases of necessity, because it has no lactose or gluten. Since hazelnuts are eaten without salt -unlike other nuts-, they provide less sodium and are more compatible with restricted diets in this mineral. But we must not forget eating them in moderation, and like other fat substitute because they provide a lot of fat and therefore calories.