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What Is The Verdict For Hazlenut Oil?

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Created May 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

As I was shopping for Avocado Oil I came across some Hazlenut Oil. To my surprise the fat breakdown was very similar:

MUFA: 78.0
PUFA: 10.2
SFA: 7.4

That's not bad at all. Similar to both EVOO and Avocado Oil. Is there a reason I have not heard this oil recommended for Paleo or is it just an oil that fell through the cracks?

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Ah, Gotcha. 15chars

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:29 PM

@Denis I meant in the "I would use it in a salad and not cook with it" category, not in the PUFA category.

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I am confused. From what I understand the PUFA content is the biggest issue with oils. Walnut oil has 63.3 PUFA, Hazlenut oil has 10.2 PUFA. How is it like Walnut oil?

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:53 PM

I would use it by itself on salads or added to homemade vinaigrette, but I wouldn't cook with it.

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:33 PM

nice find. Bet that would taste rad. Olive oil, mac nut oil, hazelnut oil, a bit of hot sesame oil now and again - that's the tasty stuff.

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:33 PM

And its quite high in vitamin E I believe.

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:37 PM

It's like walnut oil, probably good in moderation, for flavoring, but don't cook with it. It is also expensive.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I am confused. From what I understand the PUFA content is the biggest issue with oils. Walnut oil has 63.3 PUFA, Hazlenut oil has 10.2 PUFA. How is it like Walnut oil?

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:29 PM

@Denis I meant in the "I would use it in a salad and not cook with it" category, not in the PUFA category.

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:53 PM

I would use it by itself on salads or added to homemade vinaigrette, but I wouldn't cook with it.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Ah, Gotcha. 15chars

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on May 21, 2012
at 12:55 PM

No first hand experience with it, but I've seen in on a few paleo lists next to olive oil. Should be ok in limited amounts. Though I'm sure some will balk at its PUFAs being all omega-6.

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:22 AM

It seems like it's got a pretty good fatty acid profile. Probably some vitamin E as well. I'd eat it.

Something I wonder about would be how easily hazelnut oil can be extracted from the hazelnut and what effect this has; my understanding is that avocado and olive oils are more easily removed from the fruits than most nut fats. I doubt this changes much, but I am curious nonetheless.

I've never had hazelnut oil (or seen it in the store), but now I really want to know how it tastes. One more for the food bucket list!

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:47 PM

It makes a delicious salad dressing, or drizzle for cooked veggies, poultry, etc. I loveit for adding flavour or that smooth oil texture, but don't cook with it.

Edit: for some reason I thought hazelnut oil had a low smoke point, but apparently some think it is appropriate for high heat applications: http://www.livestrong.com/article/432064-cooking-oils-for-high-heat/

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