Hazelnuts have been a feature of the human diet since prehistory. They are thought to have originated in Asia, from where they spread to Europe, making them one of the oldest crops in the region.
The main producing countries are Turkey, Italy, Georgia, Azerbaijan, The USA, Spain, Chile, France and Iran. Turkey, the largest producer, accounts for around 72% of total global production.
It has long been assumed popularly that nut consumption leads to a weight gain. Their taste and their undeniable gastronomic qualities are out of question, and so are their nutritional properties. However, the belief that they are a fattening food has been commonly accepted for decades.
Prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other chronic diseases like diabetes has become a generalized concern in today’s society. Thanks to the increasing information available, we can now be aware of the seriousness of these diseases, what lifestyle habits may help prevent them and what risk factors need to be avoided.
Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferré, Research Fellow at the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (US).
People with stage III colon cancer who consumed nuts regularly were at significantly lower risk of cancer recurrence and mortality than those who did not eat nuts, according to a new study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology