Those who rarely eat meat should try hazelnuts

September 17, 2012, Monday/ 20:07:00/ NEŞE KUTLUTAŞ

This is hazelnut season. If you do not like meat, you can get the protein your body needs from hazelnuts. Fresher is better.

I believe that if people better understood the benefits of eating hazelnuts they would be bought and consumed in greater quantities in Turkey. Hazelnuts contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, copper and protein, as well as vitamin E. They are also rich in healthy fats.

Maybe you are someone who rarely or never eats meat due to a health condition or because you are vegetarian. Do not worry; hazelnuts can supply the protein your body needs to work properly and to be healthy.

Hazelnuts for kids

Hazelnuts are an energy-rich and nutritious food for children. They can help with mental and physical fatigue, and so are perfect for students. They are a great food for anyone whose body and mind need help recovering every day.

Hazelnut oil is also widely available. It contains calcium, which is important for the strength of bones and teeth, and zinc, vital to growth and to the regulation of hormones.

Hazelnuts can protect the heart and reduce cholesterol levels. They contain oleic acid, known to decrease the risk of cancer. They are low in saturated fats, and hazelnut oil burns at high temperatures, making it convenient as a cooking oil. Frying in hazelnut oil can make traditionally unhealthy dishes better for you.

Like olive oil, hazelnut oil contains an abundance of vitamin E. Vitamin E is vitally important for those who suffer from coronary problems, reducing the risk of heart attack and improving blood circulation. Vitamin E may also prevent problems with brain function, such as Alzheimer's disease. Three spoonfuls of hazelnut oil contains your entire daily vitamin E requirement.

In addition, hazelnut oil reduces low-protein lipoproteins (LDL), or bad cholesterol, and increases high-density lipoproteins (HDL), or good cholesterol, in the blood. For mothers, oleic acid promotes the production of breast milk, and passes to the baby, providing energy.

Hazelnut oil can regulate blood pressure and may help to treat or cure a number of health conditions, such as prostate or heart problems, and can alleviate the symptoms of menopause.