Posted on May 08 2017
Whether as an oil for your skin, a crunchy topping on your granola or smoothly blended for gianduja, hazelnuts offer fantastic health benefits and really are good for you!
The Bonieri range of gianduja pralines is based upon the Piedmont hazelnut IGP, widely believed to be one of the best hazelnuts in the world. It's mild and sweet flavour makes it the perfect ingredient for the traditional gianduja chocolate blends found in Turin. The nut is rich in healthy oils, high in energy, packed full of vitamins and minerals and tastes delicious.
Apart from it's addition to chocolates however, here are some great reasons why everyone should eat more nuts:
- Hazelnuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower LDL or bad cholesterol and increase HDL or good cholesterol.
- A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation actually states “eating nuts is a simple measure to prevent cardiovascular diseases, the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the western world.”
- Hazelnuts are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E has been proven to protect skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, and help combat premature aging.
- The B-complex vitamins loaded into hazelnuts – essential for the nervous system – can help you stave off Banuary depression and anxiety. Vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and folates.
- Like almonds, hazelnuts are gluten free and so can be consumed by people who are gluten-sensitive, or have celiac disease.
- Hazelnuts are exceptionally rich in Folate, which is a unique feature. Folate is an important vitamin that helps prevent megaloblastic anemia and most importantly, neural tube defects in the newborn.
- Hazelnut oil is light and easily absorbed into the skin. The oil has also been used in cooking, and as “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines in massage therapy, aromatherapy, in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
Whilst modern research tells us that nuts are officially good for us, ancient Chinese manuscripts named the hazelnut as a sacred food from heaven. We like that idea too.