Filberts are more commonly known as hazelnuts, however filberts are a slightly larger than hazelnuts. There are over 100 varieties of these nuts grown world-wide including United States and Canada. Filberts are used to flavor foods such as ice cream, chocolate, tea and coffee. But did you know that these nuts have a lot of health benefits to offer you?
Filberts are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, vitamins E, B1, B2 and B6, folate, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, protein and dietary fiber.
Here are some of the benefits that you can obtain by adding them to your diet.
Filberts can help you to lower your cholesterol levels, and thereby prevent high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart disease and stroke. Filberts can also help to relax your blood vessels to increase the blood flow. This makes it easier on your heart.
Filberts are a good source of folate which can help you to prevent cancer.
Filberts contain B vitamins which are essential for a healthy mind, especially during early childhood. In addition, the folate can help to protect your mind against depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
They can also help to protect your baby from neural tube defects which are birth defects of the brain and spinal chord.
Adding filberts in with your salads or green smoothies can help you to better absorb fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. This is due to the healthy fats in filberts which help to carry those vitamins around the body so that they can be absorbed.
The antioxidants in filberts will help you to remove harmful free radical from your body, so that you can prevent premature aging. Studies show that free radicals are the major cause of aging, and thus if you eliminate them you can prevent wrinkles and age related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.
How to Eat Them
The best way to obtain all the health benefits is to simply eat them raw, fresh out of the shell. You can purchase them out of the shell, but they are more likely to rancid, as the shell helps to preserve their freshness. Therefore if you buy them while they are still in the shell you can take them out of the shell as you eat them.
You can toast them and add them to your salads, deserts, or add them raw to your smoothies. You can also make a butter out of them and use it as a spread for your wraps and sandwiches.