Hazelnut drink properties

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

Benefits and properties of hazelnut milk

BENEFITS OF HAZELNUT DRINKS

What is hazelnut drink?

Hazelnut milk or hazelnut drink is a beverage of vegetable origin, made from the hazelnut fruits (Corylus avellana), hazelnuts.

This drink is obtained from hazelnuts, clean, soaked and crushed or ground, in water.

We can find it in the market in liquid, powder or paste form, ready to prepare.

Who is hazelnut milk specially good for?

It is a delicious drink, with a warm and sweet flavor, ideal for people to whom dairy products usually cause digestive discomfort.

BENEFITS OF HAZELNUT DRINK

hazelnut milk, with hazelnuts

Photo of hazelnut milk, with hazelnuts.

Hazelnut drink is a healthy energetic source

Because it is made from a nut, hazelnut drink is richer in fats than other vegetable drinks, especially healthy fats and vitamin E, which benefits the nervous and cardiovascular system.

It also has a good carbohydrate content, without being as rich in sugar as other beverages, so it provides an easy to assimilate and healthy energy.

Hazelnut drink is energetic and can be taken at breakfast or snack (children, from 3 years old), young people, adults, students, athletes, and people with fatigue or asthenia.

Hazelnut drink to favor inmunity

Hazelnut is a fruit rich in arginine, an amino acid that stimulates healing and increases the immunity of the body. Recently it was discovered that this amino acid could help improve insulin resistance (adult diabetes, menopause).

In addition to its easy digestibility, hazelnut drink is suitable for people with gastritis, acidity or heartburn.

Vitamins in hazelnut drink

It mainly contains the water-soluble vitamins of hazelnuts, which are the B-complex vitamins such as folic acid.

Fats in hazelnut drink

Hazelnut drink contains monounsaturated fats. Being of vegetable origin, it does not contain cholesterol. On the contrary, they help to reduce cholesterol when accompanied by a healthy diet.

Minerals in hazelnut drink. Better enriched

Its nutritional contribution in minerals and vitamins is excellent for people with cardiovascular diseases.

Vegetable drinks are very poor in calcium, an essential mineral for strong bones, so you should look for those brands with extra calcium. There are hazelnut drinks enriched in calcium, vitamins and minerals so that their role in the diet is completely healthy.

In case of choosing hazelnut drink enriched in calcium, this is excellent for the diet in osteoporosis, hypertension, fluid retention (because it is very rich in potassium) and in the diet of athletes. It is also possible to obtain vegetable drinks enriched in calcium from marine algae (Lithothamnium calcareum).

Composition of hazelnut milk and comparison with cow’s milk

Nutrients

Cow milk

per 100g

Hazelnut drink

per 100g

Calories (kcal.)6755
Carbohydrates(g.)4,76,5
Proteins (g.)3,10,6
Fats (g.)3,82,8
Fiber (g.)00,9
Calcium (mg.)120
Cholesterol (mg.)140
Sodium (mg.)480,07

Disadvantages of hazelnut milk in front of cow milk

Faced with all its advantages, hazelnut drink is poor in proteins, so we must take care that the rest of the food in the diet are a source of protein and, in addition, that they are high quality proteins.

People with celiac disease can drink hazelnut drink, provided that, based on the ingredients of the label, there are no traces of cereals or the presence of gluten.

Some hazelnut creams and powders prepared to dilute may contain milk. Those allergic to milk should pay attention to the labels in these cases.

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Editorial
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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