Verified on 09/12/2022 by PasseportSanté
Hazelnut milk is a mixture of crushed hazelnuts and water. A source of essential amino acids, good fats, vitamins and minerals, this sweet-tasting vegetable drink is often enjoyed by children.
Hazelnut vegetable milk: its nutritional and caloric values
For 100 ml of vegetable hazelnut milk:
Note: the compositions in grams per 100 ml of “hazelnut milk” are given as an indication and may vary from one brand to another.
|Saturated fats||2 grams|
|Monounsaturated fatty acids||18 grams
Polyunsaturated fatty acids
The benefits of vegetable milk with hazelnuts
Participates in the balance of the microbiota
Thanks to its composition of fibers (mostly insoluble), vegetable hazelnut milk contributes to good transit by fighting against constipation.
Protects against cardiovascular disease
Rich in “good fats” in oleic and linoleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids) and in polyunsaturated fatty acids, hazelnut vegetable milk is protective against cardiovascular diseases. Indeed, its richness in omega-3 is favorable to the fall of LDL cholesterol called “bad cholesterol” and to the rise of HDL cholesterol called “good cholesterol” as well as the drop in triglycerides.
Well-balanced amino acid composition
Hazelnut vegetable milk is rich in vitamins and minerals such as:
- antioxidant vitamin E, vitamin A;
- vitamin D, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B3 (niacin) vitamin B9 (folic acid);
- magnesium, phosphorus and potassium;
It is a low-calorie vegetable drink
Hazelnut vegetable milk is low in calories, however it is on average more caloric than other vegetable drinks. It is composed of carbohydrates with low glycemic indexes and digestible. Finally, its saturated fat composition is 2 g per 100 ml.
It is suitable for special diets and food intolerances.
With a very low sodium composition: this drink may be suitable for people on a low-sodium diet.
It can also be an interesting drink as part of a gluten-free diet or to reduce cholesterol.
Indeed, it can be consumed by people with gluten intolerance and/or following a gluten-free diet.
Finally, this drink is consumable by people who have difficulty digesting cow’s milk, or with an intolerance or allergy to cow’s milk or on a dairy-free diet.
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- Origin: from the fruit of the hazel tree (Corylus avellana in Latin), a plant of the Betulaceae family;
- Colour: light brown, its color evokes that of hazelnut;
- Flavor: sweet with a nutty taste
Be sure to read the labels carefully, sometimes refined sugar, salt, thickeners, etc. are added to the vegetable drink.
For a good calcium intake, it is recommended to consume “hazelnut milks” enriched with calcium and especially to turn to natural sources of calcium as a supplement:
- tofu ;
- white and black beans;
- spinach ;
- fresh fruits ;
Take the time to read the labels
Indeed, additives, oils, dyes, thickeners, excess sugar are often added to the composition.
Ideally, store-bought “hazelnut milk” should contain only two ingredients, excluding natural preservatives.
In reasonable quantities, salt, maple syrup or xanthan which will ensure thickening and gelling. This intake should be taken into account in the daily amount of sugar consumed.
Alternate “vegetable milks” to vary the nutritional intake.
Before opening, the industrial “hazelnut milk” can be stored until the expiry date indicated on the packaging and is stored at room temperature. Once the packaging is opened, it must be placed in the refrigerator and consumed within 4 to 5 days maximum.
- shelled hazelnuts, raw, unroasted (allow 100 grams of hazelnuts for 1 liter of water);
- Soak the hazelnuts for about 10 hours in water;
- After these few hours, place them in a juicer;
- With a mixer or blender, you will have to drain the wet hazelnuts and pass the preparation through a fabric food filter then mix them in a blender;
- Pour your vegetable drink into a bottle with a cap and store it in the fridge.
- For a sweet taste, you can add a little agave syrup or maple syrup.
- Sweetened with a hazelnut taste, this gourmet vegetable drink is particularly appreciated by children. You can add vanilla powder to accentuate the taste.
Leftover hazelnuts from the sieve can enhance the making of a pastry as an alternative to the oilseeds in the recipe.
Contraindications and allergies to vegetable hazelnut milk
“Hazelnut milk” is contraindicated in case of allergy to hazelnuts, walnuts and nuts in general.
This vegetable drink rich in sugar is not recommended for people with diabetes as well as all sweetened vegetable milks.
It is not suitable for infant feeding. “Hazelnut milk” and more generally all vegetable milks should not be consumed by infants before the age of 2, according to the recommendations of ANSES (National Food Safety Agency). This would put the infant at risk of malnutrition.
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