Journal of
Soil Science and Environmental Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Soil Sci. Environ. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2391
  • DOI: 10.5897/JSSEM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 311

Full Length Research Paper

The importance of Turkish hazelnut trace and heavy metal contents for human nutrition

Faruk Özkutlu1 Yusuf Ziya DoÄŸru2 Nedim Özenç3 Gizem Yazici1 Metin Turan5* and Fatih Akçay6
1Universiy of Ordu, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science, Ordu-Turkey. 2Universiy of Atatürk, Narman Vocational School, Erzurum-Turkey. 3Giresun Hazelnut Research Institute, Giresun-Turkey. 4University of Sabancı, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Science, Istanbul-Turkey 5Universiy of Atatürk Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science, Erzurum-Turkey. 6Universiy of Atatürk, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, Erzurum-Turkey.
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  •  Accepted: 23 December 2010
  •  Published: 31 January 2011


The trace and heavy metal concentration of eighteen different varieties of hazelnut were studied for variety and geographical region discussed for human nutrition and health. These results showed that average Al, As, B, Cr, Co, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Se, Pb, and Zn  concentrations in the varieties varied in the following ranges 0.91-9.74, 0.02-0.27, 14.60-29.90, 0.02-0.04, 0.07-0.61, 0.01-0.03, 13.76-21.71, 35.12-49.40, 41.11-116.81, 0.09-0.31, 0.81-2.97, 0.02-0.05, 0.03-0.07 and 23.52-35.52 mg kg-1. According to the daily microelement requirements, 100 g Uzunmusa cv, Kargalak cv., Cakildak cv.  hazelnut provided about 50% for Fe and Cd, 41% for Mo, 32% for Zn, 21% for Se, 21% for Cr, 5% for B,  1% Ni of the recommended daily amount. On the other hand 100 g hazelnut can supply easily, a daily consumption of Mn, Cu, As, Pb, Al and Co levels of human beings.


Key words: Human nutrition, heavy metal, recommended daily amount, trace element.