Hazelnuts Have Been Deemed The Most Beneficial Nut for Heart Health
As consumers become aware of the health benefits of nuts, consumption is on the rise. One fact that has emerged is that nuts reduce risk of heart disease. How do hazelnuts measure up?
Hazelnuts and Heart Health
Hazelnuts have been deemed the most beneficial nut for heart health, containing a mix of beneficial compounds that protect against coronary disease.
- Hazelnuts are high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps to lower cholesterol.
- Hazelnuts lower blood pressure because of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
- Hazelnuts contain cardio protective arginine, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels.
Did you Know?
Hazelnuts, in fact, are one of the best nut sources of cardio protective monounsaturated fatty acid and are lowest in saturated fat.
Hazelnuts have been ranked as one of the most nutritious nuts because they supply significant amounts of protein and fiber, vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
- Nutritional Benefits of Hazelnuts
- Heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
Hazelnuts and Folate
Hazelnuts contain the highest concentration of folate, which reduces risk factors for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, neural tube defects, and depression.
Hazelnuts and Phytochemicals
Phytochemicals are beneficial plant compounds such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins, which decrease risk of heart disease and cancer. Hazelnuts have the highest amount of proanthocyanidins of the tree nuts. These compounds may also reduce risk of urinary tract infections and blood clotting.
Health Benefits of Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are in the top category of nuts, right in with walnuts, pecans, and almonds, for the beneficial compounds they contain.
In a Nutshell:
- Low in saturated fat
- High in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats
- Excellent source of vitamin E, folate, calcium, and potassium
- Quality source of protein and fiber
- Eating hazelnuts is endorsed by the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Eating Plan, issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
- As recommended in Dietary Guidelines for Americans, consumers should eat 1.5 ounces of nuts (including hazelnuts) four to five times per week, as part of a healthful, heart-friendly eating plan.
Hazelnuts: Nutritious and Delicious
- Hazelnut oil is highly prized for its delicate flavor
- Hazelnut flour or meal can be used for baked items
- Chopped hazelnuts go well with chocolate and coffee flavored dessert items
- Hazelnut nut butter can also be spread on crackers, toast, or bagels
- Nutella is a popular and delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread
Hazelnuts have a wonderful sweet flavor, which makes them a delight to include in the diet–and better still, eating hazelnuts is an easy-to-implement approach to wellness.
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