Hazelnuts are high in antioxidants, which protect the body from oxidative stress, which can lead to hypertension. They’re high in phenolic chemicals, which help keep your heart healthy by lowering cholesterol and inflammation.
Hazelnuts are used in baking and sweets, confectionery to make praline. In chocolate truffles and other chocolate-based items, including chocolate bars, hazelnut cocoa spreads like Nutella and Frangelico liqueur. Hazelnut oil, extracted from hazelnuts, has a rich flavor and is used in cooking. The world’s two largest hazelnut producers are Turkey and Italy.