Health & Nutrition
Looking to be kinder to your heart?
Our health conscious customers appreciate knowing that our natural/raw and our wildly popular dry-roasted varieties of hazelnuts are an ideal heart healthy snack!
Hazelnuts contain nearly 80 percent monounsaturated fat and less than 4 percent saturated fat. Replacing saturated fat with monounsaturated fat is known to reduce total blood and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, making hazelnuts an outstanding heart-healthy snack choice.
Hazelnuts have a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin E, and magnesium that have been linked to cancer therapy. You could call them a superfood!
If you’re curious to read more about the connection between hazelnuts and cancer prevention, check out the below sources:
- AAPS Journal, 2015
- International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, 2015
- Anticancer Research, 2018
- Food Chemistry, 2015
- Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 2017
With all the nutrients and high-fiber content, it perhaps isn’t surprising that hazelnuts may help reduce weight gain.
A 2018 study found a link between nut consumption, reduced weight gain, and a lower risk of obesity in those who are more nuts than other study participants.
Hazelnuts are rich in arginine, an amino acid that plays an important role in helping wounds heal. Arginine is a vasodilator which means that it relaxes and widens blood vessels which can also help reduce blood pressure.
When planning a diabetic diet plan, it’s important to focus on choosing monounsaturated fats over trans fats or saturated fats. Hazelnuts are a great source of these good fats and eating recommended portions of hazelnuts as a substitute for more damaging, “bad” fat foods is a great way to ensure you gain the benefits of good fats without worrying about gaining additional weight.
Proven to improve glucose intolerance, hazelnuts’ high levels of manganese are also helpful in the fight against diabetes when used as a diet supplement. Hazelnuts are also a great source of magnesium, which has been proven to decrease the risk for diabetes.
We’re number one! Hazelnuts are the richest source of folate among tree nuts. Folate, also known as folic acid or vitamin B-9 is essential for many of our body’s metabolic processes. It can also be extra important for those who are anemic, pregnant or trying to get pregnant as it helps in the formation of red blood cells and overall healthy cell growth and function.
Hazelnuts are high in fiber so they may help you stay regular. One ounce of raw hazelnuts (about 21 nuts) has 2.7 grams of dietary fiber.
Aside from keeping you regular, fiber can also lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels.
Hazelnuts are packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals and keep your skin looking healthy.
They also contain flavonoids that work along with the antioxidants to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and Vitamin E that keeps your skin soft and smooth.
Try adding our hazelnut oil into your daily diet.
Hazelnuts are high in the magnesium and calcium that help build strong bones and joints.
Magnesium and calcium are essential for the health and wellness of your bones and joints. The extra magnesium stored up by the bones comes to rescue when there is a sudden deficiency of this mineral. What’s more, hazelnuts contain manganese, a mineral that is essential for bone growth and strength.
If you or someone you love are going through menopause, hazelnuts are a great snack option to help safeguard against osteoporosis.
Several studies have shown that hazelnuts can act as a cholesterol regulator. Indeed, thanks to their antioxidant properties, they act on the blood and lower the cholesterol in its entirety, while keeping the good one. A real plus!
Hazelnuts are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, B Vitamins, and something called alpha-linolenic acid that all play a role in alleviating psychological conditions like anxiety, depression, stress, and even schizophrenia.
These same elements can help enhance your memory and play a major role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Combine hazelnuts with dark chocolate and you have a perfect, relaxing snack to make your day a little happier. Try our Dark Belgian Chocolate Hazelnuts for yourself.
Hazelnuts could decrease inflammation.
Hazelnuts have been linked to reduced inflammatory markers because of their high concentrations of healthy fats.
One study investigated how eating hazelnuts affected inflammatory markers, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, in 21 people with high cholesterol levels.
Moreover, eating 60 grams of hazelnuts every day for 12 weeks assisted in reducing inflammatory markers in overweight and obese people (Source).
Another study examined how eating hazelnuts affected inflammation. It showed that eating 40 grams of hazelnuts may reduce the inflammatory response in healthy people (Source).
Similarly, 50 people with metabolic syndrome experienced a decrease in inflammation after consuming 30 grams of a combination of raw nuts — 15 grams walnuts, 7.5 grams almonds and 7.5 grams hazelnuts — for 12 weeks, compared to a control group (Source)