For those of you who needed an excuse to whip up healthy Nutella – and then mix it from bananas to pancakes to your porridge in the morning – I have good news. A new study showed that hazelnuts have some exciting health benefits.
Published in Journal of Nutrition . This small study followed older adults who ate hazelnuts for 16 weeks. The results showed that by the end of the study period, participants had significantly increased their magnesium and vitamin E levels. And this is good news, as Vitamin E has countless health benefits to the skin, cardiovascular system, and immune system (to name a few), and magnesium plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. How many hazelnuts did you have to eat? About 57 grams per day, that's about 2 ounces of nuts, which feels manageable.
While Vitamin E and Magnesium are included in other types of foods ̵
Most of us know that nuts are healthy foods; They are rich in healthy fats and can balance the blood sugar and keep us full. This study gives us an excuse to enjoy hazelnuts because we know that our vitamin E and magnesium levels will thank us. This is food as medicine at its finest, if you ask me. Pass the Nutella, right?