For you who needed an excuse to whip up a healthy Nutella and then throw it on everything from bananas to pancakes to morning oatmeal-I have good news. A new study showed that hazelnuts have some rather exciting health effects.
Published in Journal of Nutrition this small study followed older adults who ate hazelnuts for 16 weeks. The results showed that at the end of the study period, participants had significantly increased their magnesium and vitamin E levels. And this is good news because vitamin E has enormous health benefits for skin, cardiovascular and immune systems (to name a few) and magnesium plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. How many hazelnuts did they have to eat? About 57 grams per day, which is about 2 ounces of nuts, which feels manageable.
So while Vitamin E and Magnesium are present in other types of foods ̵
1; and this study was funded by the Oregon Hazelnut Industry, which is definitely something to remember – it’s always nice to know that eating a certain food can lead to a clinically relevant increase of certain nutrients. This is especially true when you learn that leading doctors suspect that as many as 80 percent of us are inadequate in magnesium, and deficiencies in this nutrient can lead to a variety of unwanted symptoms like insomnia, headache, muscle cramps and even anxiety. Digestive problems and an obesity diet can also put you in danger of e-deficiencies, which can have consequences for your skin, immune and cardiovascular health.
Most of us know that nuts are healthy foods; They are high in healthy cats and good for balancing blood sugar and keeping us mature. This study gives us an excuse to enjoy hazelnuts on duty, knowing that our vitamin E and magnesium levels will thank us for it. It’s food as a drug at best, if you ask me. Pass Nutella, right?