Hazelnut is the sweet nut of hazel which is cream colored, round and small and is really nutritious. The hazelnut kernel can be used raw or roasted. Hazelnuts are high in energy and are loaded with healthy nutrients. Hazelnuts are rich in fiber, minerals that help and protect from diseases and cancer.
Hazelnuts are exceptionally rich in folate, which is a unique feature for the nuts. 100 gr fresh nuts carry 113 µg of flote; that is, about 28% recommended daily intake of this vitamin. Folate is an important B-complex vitamin that helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, and most importantly, neural tube defects in the newborn. Good news for the expectant mothers!
Each 100 grams of hazelnut contains 15gr of vitamin E which makes it a rich source of this vitamin.
The nuts, like in almonds , are free from gluten, and therefore, safe alternative food sources that can be employed in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas for gluten-sensitive, wheat allergic, and celiac disease patients.
Besides being rich in folates, they are packed with many other important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).
Hazelnut oil has nutty aroma and has excellent astringent properties. It helps keep skin well protected from dryness. 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.