Use our beautifully blanched whole hazelnuts in your favorite recipe. Hazelnut Gelato, a chocolate hazelnut spread, or a hazelnut sage and mushroom stuffing, are just a few ideas that come to mind.
Many think of hazelnuts as something from the United States’ Pacific Northwest region, particularly Oregon. However, though there is a species of hazelnut that originates there, agricultural hazelnuts were largely brought to the US from Europe a long time ago. Indeed, hazelnuts have a history that precedes Europe. It’s definitely not just a Willamette Valley nut! (link)
Many of its benefits are:
There are few foods that have a longer history with humanity than the hazelnut. There has been evidence found in China that indicate that hazelnuts have been eaten by people for over 5,000 years! Hazelnuts were even listed as a sacred food, as evidenced by ancient texts. There has also been evidence found that hazelnuts were enjoyed by Neolithic and Mesolithic era peoples in places such as Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.
Due to their important standing among ancient peoples, hazelnuts were often believed to have supernatural powers. Some people would use hazelnut branches as divining rods to locate water sources. If you wanted your marriage to joyous and long in ancient Rome, you would light hazel torches during your wedding. The Greeks also believed that hazelnuts was a cure for various diseases.
Hazelnuts are chock full of dietary fiber. This has numerous benefits, such as fighting constipation and keeping bowel movements regular. Depending on your sex and age, you need a lot of such fiber to be healthy - somewhere between 25 and 30 grams per day. Hazelnuts are a tasty way to get it, with 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per serving.
According to a scientific study in 2013, including a healthy amount of hazelnuts in your diet reduced LDL cholesterol levels in the participants. The best way to take advantage of this benefit is to eat hazelnuts regularly while not increasing your total calorie intake. These results were later replicated in a 2016 study. Doing this, you can maintain weight while lowering your bad cholesterol levels.
Hazelnuts can do more than just help maintain a healthy weight with better cholesterol levels. They are also fantastic for improving your insulin sensitivity, according to a 2011 study. In this study, insulin sensitivity was found to be improved after 12 weeks of eating 7.5g of hazelnuts every day, along with other nuts. If you are worried about type 2 diabetes, hazelnut consumption can help fight the risk of developing the disease.
It is well known among scientists that nuts such as hazelnuts can help people control their weight. In one 2018 study, people who consumed more nuts showed a lower risk of weight gain than the participants who didn’t eat nuts. There was also a reduced chance of developing obesity. As with all studies that show correlation, more research needs to be done to explore the causal link between nuts and healthy weight.
Your cells are constantly vulnerable to molecules called free radicals, which will accelerate oxidation of those cells. Hazelnuts come full of antioxidants, however. These particles work to protect your cells from the oxidizing effects of free radicals. Further, hazelnuts contain vitamin E, which may assist your system in resisting cancer-related cell degradation.
Other Health Benefits
There are so many healthy reasons to eat hazelnuts, it’s hard to list them all. In addition to the above benefits, a 2013 trial discovered that diets rich in hazelnuts improves various heart health statistics. This means you’re likely reducing the chance you’ll develop a cardiovascular problem by eating hazelnuts. In another 2013 study, it was discovered that hazelnuts reduced signifiers of inflammation in the subjects.