Hazelnuts include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc; vitamins include alpha-tocopherol, ascorbic acid, folates, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin K as phylloquinone; fatty and amino acids include alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, and leucine.
60-70% of the hazelnut consists of oil. It has a special combination of oil (especially oleic acid rich oil structure), proteins, carbohydrate, beta-sitosterol, essential vitamins and minerals, giving it a unique ability to protect against diseases. It is a very good way of protecting against heart-vein diseases and cancer. Beta-sitosterol, which is found amply in hazelnut, is an important means of decreasing cholesterol and preventing cancer (breast cancer and prostate cancer).
Hazelnut is the best known source for Vitamin E which is essential for the healthy heart muscles and other muscles of the body as well as the necessary for normal functioning of the reproduction system. Vitamin E prevents the disintegration of red blood cells, thus it serves as a protection against deficiency of blood which is called anemia. Another benefit of Vitamin E is to prevent the factors which prepare the basis for cancer disease. Prevents the rise of cholesterol in the blood and decreases cholesterol.
People who consume hazelnuts or hazelnut oil, have 50% less risk of dying because of heart attack compared to those who never consume hazelnuts. It is the most beneficial nutraceutical element for heart health.
This ingredient is normally used as an ingredient in the following Healthelicious products:
choc chip slice
fruit cake slice