Hazelnuts – Health and Nutrition
Hazenuts are a great source of vitamins and minerals but healthwise they are probably best known as oneof the primary nut sources for high antioxidant content and abundance of healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. These fats have been shown to assist in decreasing the risk of heart disease and lower blood cholesterol levels.
Hazelnuts are also a good source of fibre, calcium, thiamine, niacin and protein and contain a number of minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. They are also vitamin rich containing Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, E, and folate.
A handful (approx 20 hazelnuts) a day is recommended.
Hazelnuts are available in a range of forms – as kernals, hazelnut oil, hazelnut flour, etc. and can be prepared in a wide range of ways. See the Hazelnut Products page for ideas.
Details on the health and nutritional value of hazelnuts can be obtained from the following websites: