Hazelnuts have 176 calories per oz which is about 20 whole kernels. An ounce holds 17 grams of fat, 4.2 grams of protein, 4.7 grams of carbs, and 2.7 grams of fiber. They contain vitamins and minerals such 21% RDI vitamin E, 12% RDI thiamin, 12% RDI magnesium, 24% RDI copper, and 87% manganese. They also contain vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Hazelnuts are a rich source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats that contain a good amount of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.
Hazelnuts are full of antioxidants and help reduces oxidative stress. They are good for the heart because they have healthy fats and the antioxidants, helping lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
They contain an antioxidant known as proanthocyanidins which has been shown to help prevent and treat cancer. The high level of manganese works with specific enzymes that could reduce oxidative damage and decrease the risk of cancer. The skin has the possibility to reduces the risk of colon cancer. There are still more studies that need to be done on animals. It can also decrease inflammation and help lower blood sugar levels.
Secret: Filbert is more commonly known as hazelnut. It can be found in Turkey, Italy, Spain, and the United States. It can be eaten raw, roasted, or ground into a paste.