At Meraki Cacao, we know our customers want a healthier alternative to chocolate. So we are proud that all of our ingredients provide a health benefit to you.
We add homemade organic hazelnut butter to our Carnival, Coast and Turkish Nights bars. Our hazelnuts are gently roasted at low temperatures and ground into delicious hazelnut butter. Adding hazelnut butter to our bars gives them a lovely richness and texture. Still, it also adds all their fantastic health benefits to our bars. These include:
Hazelnuts provide protein and fibre. Snacking on a small handful of nuts instead of other starchy snacks such as chips or pretzels may help you to maintain a healthy weight. Recent studies have shown that regular consumption of small handfuls of nuts can help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes when used to replace less healthful foods.
The fibre in hazelnuts is also good for gut microbes and increases gastrointestinal health. The protein’s amino acids, such as tryptophan, can help the brain function and prevent such problems as depression.
Hazelnuts are a good source of manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron, which are essential for good health. The antioxidant properties of these minerals help with, e.g. wound healing, blood and bone health.
Hazelnuts are rich in Vitamin E and C, which have antioxidant properties, preventing cell damage by free radicals. It helps to reduce inflammation, further reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Vitamin E is also good for hair and skin. Vitamin C helps to boost immunity.
Hazelnuts are full of the good fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats promote good heart health when eaten in small amounts. Studies have shown that consuming nuts like hazelnuts can actively prevent heart disease. They can also lower cholesterol, which further reduces the risk of heart disease.