February is American Heart Month–a time when we are all reminded to live a lifestyle that treats our heart a little better. A key component of this healthy lifestyle is diet, and hazelnuts can play a vital role in your heart health. Cardiovascular benefits of hazelnuts include:
- Hazelnuts contain 8% of RDV of folate per serving, highest among all tree nuts; healthful diets with adequate folate may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and depression
- A 1.5-ounce serving of hazelnuts contains 23 grams of unsaturated fat and 2 grams of saturated fat, zero trans fats and no cholesterol
- Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts such as hazelnuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease
Be sure to take care of your heart this February!