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Hazelnut, Corylus avellana / Corylacea (Betulaceae)
Benefits for the health
Hazelnuts are a rich source of unsaturated fat, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin E, folate and vitamins B pantothenic acid and biotin. Vitamin E is antioxidant and a body’s free radicals cleaner, helping to the protection against some types of cancer. It also helps to the formation of red corpuscles, muscles and other body tissue. Folate is important to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and for the health of the new born. A higher consumption of folate can also protect against cardiovascular diseases and cancer, particularly colon and the cervix. Folate takes part in the mental functions, helping children to keep the attention. The pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is necessary for a healthy metabolism and the formation of nerves regulating substances. The biotin is essential for the functioning of many enzymatic systems in our organism. Dry fruits are rich in fats, although most of the fatty acids are unsaturated, thus being part of a healthy diet. The consumption of at least 150 g of hazelnuts protects against heart attacks.
Popular tradition
A handful of hazelnuts in the middle of the morning or afternoon is the most healthy appetizer. Because this tasty dry fruit is a complete source of nutrients. Although the hazelnut is an important lipid source, the great majority are formed by monounsaturated fatty acids, mainly oleic, that have a beneficial effect on the arterial hypertension, cardiovascular pathologies and high cholesterol levels in blood. It is moreover a good strengthener, effective in cases of tuberculosis and hepatitis. It has a very beneficial effect on sanguineous circulation, specially in cases of varicose veins and hemorroides. I t also helps to prevent kidney gravel. It is a very energetic foodstuff, so it is not advisable that people with obesity problems consume them, but they are an ideal complement in the diet of those who practice an intense physical activity.
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