Hazelnuts are widely loved, both by adults and children, because of their tender flesh and their subtle taste. And for good reason: they are excellent for your health. Let us explain the benefits of this famous little nut.
Fresh or roasted?
Hazelnuts are very often found in their roasted form. Are the benefits the same? As with many foods, the answer is no. A modification of the fresh product can alter certain properties. This is also the case when it comes to hazelnuts. It is, therefore, best to eat them fresh or naturally dried.
A natural appetite suppressant
Hazelnuts are rich in fibre and protein. Their glycemic index is not very high. They are therefore a perfect ally if you are watching your figure, or if you are re-balancing your diet. Rich in vitamins and minerals, they are a healthy and satisfying snack that will keep you going until your next meal.
A cholesterol regulator
Several studies have shown that hazelnuts can act as a cholesterol regulator. Indeed, thanks to their antioxidant properties, they act on the blood and lower the cholesterol in its entirety, while keeping the good one. A real plus!
A health shield
Whether for the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease or skin ageing, hazelnuts are your ally. The thin, brown film that surrounds them are full of antioxidants. It is therefore important to eat hazelnuts with this thin skin still on. The antioxidants it contains act to reduce the effects of free radicals in the body, molecules that cause cancer, disease or discomfort to the skin.
A boost for the immune system
In winter, eating hazelnuts can be a real asset to avoid getting sick, or for better health. Indeed, their richness in vitamins E and zinc enables them to protect the membrane surrounding the cells, and especially the red and white blood cells. To have a stronger immune system than ever, hazelnuts are your allies.
A source of magnesium
A lack of magnesium can have several effects on the body: fatigue, stress, depression, cramps and muscle contractions... The good news is that hazelnuts are a good source of magnesium. You can, therefore, consume them regularly to anticipate a difficult period coming up, such as the winter season or exam stress.
How to cook hazelnuts?
Hazelnuts come in several forms. You can find them in the form of milk, puree, oil or simply plain. You can, therefore, eat them in your salads to add a bit of crunch, and make a dressing using hazelnut oil. You can eat them with tea for a healthy snack, at breakfast with oatmeal, fruit and yoghurt, but also in soups and pasta for a melt-in-the-mouth texture. Finally, you can use hazelnut purée instead of butter in your desserts. It's up to you to make this oilseed, with its many benefits, your own!