Hazelnut is the nut of hazel, a small tree that produces nuts. The nut is also popularly known as cobnut or filbert nut. This versatile nut has numerous health benefits and can be used in many different ways. The nut can be enjoyed raw, roasted or in paste form as one of the ingredients. It is commonly used in pastries, coffee and as toppings or to garnish desserts.
We take a look at some of the health benefits of hazelnuts.
Improves the heart functions
Enriched with minerals and vitamins, hazelnut enhances the heart functions and conditions in multiple ways. It contains monounsaturated fatty acids that can reduce low-density lipoprotein(LDL) which is the bad type of cholesterol. This nut enhances the high-density lipoprotein( HDL) which is the good kind of cholesterol. The view has been supported by the American Society for Nutrition and was published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
Hazel nut improves the glucose intolerance as it contains high levels of manganese. It is a good option for diet supplements as it fights against diabetes. The magnesium present in the nut reduces the risk of diabetes.
Natural source for Antioxidants
The nut is a powerful antioxidants source as it contains numerous vitamins and minerals. The damaging free radicals are wiped out by the antioxidants.
The presence of vitamin E helps the body to fight aging and disease by reducing inflammation. Consuming hazelnut in your diet supplies the body with manganese, which is not an antioxidant but produces enzymes.
Here is a healthy recipe using these nuts.
- Butter – 1tbs
- Brussel sprouts trimmed and quartered – 1 pound
- Hazelnuts – ¼ cup
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the butter on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until it melts.
Remove the sheet from the oven.
Toss the hazelnuts, Brussels sprouts with browned butter. Sprinkle the salt and pepper.
Sprinkle water and toss. Continue roasting till the sprouts become tender and slightly browned.