Hazelnuts are high in fiber and low in salts, but please don’t go nuts with them! haha
Nutritional information per 100g:
- Calories – 650kcal
- Fat – 64g
- Saturates – 4.7g
- Carbohydrates – 6g
- Sugars – 4g
- Fiber – 6.5g
- Protein – 14g
- Salt – 0.02g
- Vitamin E – 208% recommended daily intake
- Pantothenic Acid – 25% recommended daily intake
- Potassium – 37% recommended daily intake
- Phosphorus – 43% recommended daily intake
Hazelnuts are great for weight loss, heart health, cancer protection and more. The antioxidants they contain help in the fight against cancers and the fiber assists in maintaining a healthy heart.
These contribute to healthy skin and hair as hazelnuts contains high amounts of vitamin E. 100g of hazelnuts (as stated above) contains 208% of our recommended amount. Vitamin E also protects the skin from damaging ultraviolet light, which protects from cancers and dark skin spots. The natural oils in hazelnuts also protect from premature aging, wrinkles and dryness of the skin. So if you’re thinking of getting that filler perhaps you just need to rethink your diet first 😉
Hazel nuts are quite unique as they contain a lot of folate. This is particularly beneficial for pregnant women as it protects against neural defects in babies and prevents anemia.
Here is a nice recipe I found to help you incorporate hazelnuts into your diet. This does contain sugar so more of a treat instead of a daily snack – enjoy 🙂
Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie with Bananas
With the hazelnuts I purchased I decided to make a delicious desert smoothie that I sourced. Please see instructions for two servings below:
- 240ml milk (dairy, almond, cashew, soy, coconut) the choice is yours
- 128g ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 64g hazelnuts (plain)
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon hazelnut extract
Add everything to the blender and blend. Add more liquid if too thick.
I found this recipe from Jessica Gavins website I just decided to use plain hazelnuts instead of roasted and cacao powder instead of unsweetened coco powder.
The benefits of these small marble sized nuts is endless. I was only able to list a few so it would be great to hear of any others.
Do you know of any other health benefits or facts around hazelnuts?
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For more information on nuts please check out my previous post – Are nuts good for you?