Hazelnuts are nutritious little nuts that add flavour to baking. Montagu’s blanched hazelnuts are supplied without the skin as the skin can leave a bitter taste.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAZELNUTS
The health benefits below are based on a 30 g daily serving of hazelnuts.
- Hazelnuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids. Replacing saturated fats with monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
- They are high in dietary fibre, providing more than 2 g per 30 g serving. The soluble dietary fibre in the hazelnuts plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, thereby helping help to treat constipation.
- Hazelnuts are a source of protein.
- Blanched hazelnuts are high in vitamin E. Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. It also helps maintain a healthy immune system and assists in cardiovascular health.
- Hazelnuts are high in copper. Copper aids in the formation of bone. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and the nervous system.
- Hazelnuts are a source of magnesium. Magnesium helps maintain a healthy muscle and nervous system and contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It is also necessary for teeth and bone structure and the maintenance thereof.
- Hazelnuts are a source of manganese. Manganese contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue. It also necessary for normal bone formation, the formation of cartilage and lubrication of joints. It also contributes to cell protection from free radical damage.
- Blanched hazelnuts are free from sodium. A high intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with a low sodium intake, is associated with protection against bone demineralization, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, and overall cardiovascular risk.
- Hazelnuts are generally used as an ingredient in brownies, biscotti or savoury dishes such as roast lamb or chicken.
- Hazelnuts are used in confectionery like chocolate truffle and praline.
- Hazelnuts are also used to make hazelnut butter.
DID YOU KNOW?
The place and time of hazelnut domestication is not clear, although it was already cultivated by the Romans. Hazelnut appears to have been domesticated independently in three areas: the Mediterranean, Turkey, and Iran. Hazelnuts have a high consumption share with 35% in hard-shelled fruits in the world. It is widely used in the food industry especially in chocolate. 80 % of the world’s hazelnut production is used in the chocolate sector. Turkey is the world's largest producer of hazelnuts.