Is Chocolate Hazelnut Spread Good for You?

You may have eaten hazelnuts in cakes, chocolates and even ice cream. But what are hazelnuts and why do they taste so yummy?

Filbert/cobnut, commonly known as Hazelnut, is found on the Corylus tree. These nuts can be eaten raw, roasted or you can make a paste out of them. Or much better, you could turn them into a chocolate hazelnut spread. Hazelnuts are not only delicious but also rich in nutrients. Thus, read below to find out whether hazelnut chocolate spread is good for you or not.

A] Full Count of Hazelnut Nutrients

Given the nutrients packed in them, hazelnuts provide a lot of health benefits. Some of their nutrients include vitamin E, magnesium, iron, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They also have a good amount of omega-6 & omega-9 fatty acids and contain zinc, folate and potassium.

Apart from having a high nutritional value, hazelnuts are an excellent snack. A handful of roasted hazelnuts is filling, yet absolutely delicious. They also contain a high level of antioxidants. Although they are high in calories, these are calories derived from the heart healthy fat found in them.

Here’s what one ounce of hazelnuts i.e. 28 grams (about 20 whole kernels) contain:

  • Protein – 4.2 grams
  • Fiber – 2.7 grams
  • Vitamin E – 21% (of the RDI)
  • Thiamin – 12% of the RDI
  • Magnesium – 12% (of the RDI)
  • Manganese – 87% (of the RDI)
  • Carbs – 4.7 grams
  • Total fat – 17 grams
  • Calories – 176

Try these Raspberry Granola bars made with chocolate hazelnut spread!

B] Health Benefits of Hazelnuts

  • Loaded With Antioxidants
    There are abundant antioxidants present in hazelnuts. These antioxidants protect your body in numerous ways right from preventing cell damage to improving heart health. The most prominent nutrient is the Phenolic compound that helps reduce the risk of inflammation.According to one study, eating hazelnuts with or without the skin helps eliminate oxidative stress from the body. Thus, adding hazelnuts to your diet is highly recommended to prevent and decrease the risk of many lifestyle diseases.
  • Lowers the Risk of Cancer
    Having a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, hazelnuts could help reduce the risk of different types of cancers. As mentioned above, eating hazelnuts is an excellent way to reduce oxidative stress as well as prevent cell damage. This combined can help prevent certain cancers such as breast, liver and cervical cancer.
  • Reduces Chronic Inflammation
    While inflammation in the body is a part of your immune system’s natural response to fight infection or heal injuries, chronic inflammation is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, among others. By eating hazelnuts, you can reduce the risk of chronic inflammation as it has a high concentration of healthy fats. Plus, hazelnuts help reduce inflammatory markers in obese and overweight people.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
    Along with other nuts like almonds and walnuts, hazelnuts help in lowering your blood sugar levels. This could be really helpful for people having type 2 diabetes. Also, an increase in the consumption of mixed nuts can help improve insulin sensitivity, which will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Improves Heart Health and Bowel Movements
    To improve heart health, a hazelnut-rich diet can help. Hazelnuts may reduce cholesterol as well as cardiovascular risk, thereby preventing heart problems. Likewise, the dietary fiber in hazelnuts can aid in regulating your bowel movements and prevent constipation.Further reading: Best Nut Butters for a Healthy Heart
  • Help Maintain Weight Goals
    While nuts are high in calories, eating them can still maintain or lower your weight and reduce the risk of obesity. The simple reason for this is because nuts such as hazelnuts, peanuts or walnuts contain a combination of good fat and protein which keeps you satiated for a longer period of time. This in turn prevents over eating. Thus, a balanced intake of nuts can help you to reduce weight in the long run.

C] Chocolate Hazelnut Spread: Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Here are some of the key ingredients used in our hazelnut chocolate spread.

Ingredients

  • Almonds:You may be having almonds since childhood to improve your memory, but did you know that these nuts also have other fabulous benefits? Packed with nutrients, almonds help in improving cholesterol levels and promotes a healthy heart. It can also help you in your weight loss journey and lowers the risk of diabetes.

Further reading: Ways Of Eating Almonds For Health Benefits

  • Hazelnuts: We have already mentioned the countless health benefits of hazelnuts above. Now talking about chocolate hazelnut spread, the combination of hazelnut and chocolate makes for a delightful treat. Being refined sugar free, you can use it guilt-free to make rich desserts such as vegan hazelnut mousse or spread it on your toast or treat your (inner) child with a delicious chocolate hazelnut milk.
  • Cocoa Powder:Derived from cocoa beans, cocoa powder contains the antioxidant – Polyphenols – which is a naturally-occurring antioxidant commonly found in tea, fruits and veggies. This antioxidant helps improve the blood flow in the body while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It can also help improve brain functioning and reduce the risk of neuro-degenerative diseases. Plus, it has antibacterial and immune-stimulating properties, and is also known to enhance skin health.

Some exciting ways to include cocoa in your diet can be adding it to healthy dessert such as vegan hazelnut chocolate spread pudding or refined sugar free smoothies.

  • Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is extracted from the sap of the coconut tree and not from the actual fruit (coconut). It is rich in nutrients such as iron, calcium and potassium. It is a natural substitute for refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Read: Health Benefits and Nutrients Found in Coconut

  • Sea Salt: One of the purest forms of salt available, sea salt is the least processed and iodized. Since it is naturally obtained, it retains all its nutrients and minerals. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and inflammation in those suffering from arthritis. It also helps improve your respiratory health. Sea salt can help boost the immune system, keeping bacteria and viruses at bay.

Nutrition Facts

A tablespoon serving of chocolate hazelnut spread packs in minimal sugar, a lot of nutrition and a mouthful of delicious taste!

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 15g (1tbsp)

 

Qty (apx)

Per 15g

 

Qty (apx)

Per 100 g

 

Energy (kcal)

92

615

Protein(g)

3

19

Carbohydrate (g)

5

31

Sugar (g)

1

10

Added Sugar (g)

0

0

Fat (g)

7

46

#Conclusion

As seen above, hazelnuts are a rich source of numerous nutrients, primary among them being antioxidants. Apart from being nutritious, they are also tasty and a healthier snack option. Plus, with the natural chocolate hazelnut spread, you can make a variety of healthy desserts or use it to add flavour to different dishes. Thus, try out our hazelnut spread today or go here for more nut butter options.

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