Nuts in general are a great addition to any diet. They are cholesterol-free, low in sodium and they are a great source of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Hazelnuts in particular have a rich, pungent and naturally nutty flavor. They come from the hazel tree which is grown in the northern hemisphere specifically for the nuts.
First, let us take a look at the nutritional value of hazelnuts. These tasty treats are rich in protein, dietary fibers, iron, calcium, potassium, thiamine and vitamins B6 and E. The vitamin E content helps with the formation of red blood cells. In addition, it is helps with energy enhancement, aids protein metabolism, reduces the risks of certain cancers and helps promote normal appetite.
You need to remember, though, that hazelnuts are also relatively high in the ‘good’ fat. If you have are prone to high blood pressure or if you have heart problems, make sure to only include a maximum of three 30-gram servings of hazelnuts in your weekly diet. However, when taken in ideal amounts, the oil which can be found in hazelnut helps in the fight against heart disease.
Hazelnuts make for a great on-the-go snack, and they can also be added to your favorite desserts and salad recipes.