How do churchkhela and gozinaki affect your health?

It is impossible to imagine a traditional Georgian New Year's table without churchkhela and gozinaki.

Is this New Year's food good for the body, and how does it affect health?

The endocrinologist at the National Center of Surgery Ana Chokhonelidze talks about the ingredients of your favorite sweets.


Walnut is rich in fiber, which is necessary for the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.

It contains vitamin E and B, trace elements Fe, Cu, Zn, Co, Mg and K. This combination is useful for pregnant women, for the normal development of the fetus, for adolescents and those who have a busy schedule, doing intellectual work.

Walnut contributes to the normal functioning of the brain. It is rich in beneficial fatty acids. Regulates cholesterol level and blood pressure, increases the body's resistance, strengthens the immune system, is effective in anemia and helminth infections (worms invasion).

The recommended daily dose is 5 walnut halves.


It is considered to have a beneficial effect on the mind and heart. Contains vitamins PP, A, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, as well as the amino acid choline, which activates brain function, improves memory and the ability to concentrate. The scientists have discovered paclitaxel, a cancer-killing substance in hazelnut.

The hazelnut provides elasticity to the heart muscle, increases the level of hemoglobin in the blood, destroys several bacteria and pathogenic organisms, strengthens the immune system, stimulates the smooth muscles of the heart, helps to remove excess cholesterol from the body, promotes lactation and the treatment of urolithiasis. The abundance of phytosterols, carotenoids, and flavonoids in the nut helps to maintain a normal weight. It is effective with trophic ulcers and burns.

It is important to know that hazelnuts retain their useful properties after heat treatment!


Is distinguished by nutritional value and healing properties. Contains carbohydrates, which are a source of energy for the body. It is rich in B and C vitamins, contains minerals K, Ca, Na, P, Mg, Fe, Zn.

Natural honey enhances the metabolism, has a bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and tonic effect, accelerates the process of tissue repair, regulates the functioning of the digestive system, stimulates the work of internal organs and the immune system.

The composition of honey also includes organic acids (malic, citric, lactic, tartaric). Organic acid improves digestion, secretion of gastric juice, the absorption of nutrients.

Tatara and pelamushi

Prepared from grape juice-Badagi, is highly caloric. Grape juice contains: glucose, fructose, pectin, organic acids, trace elements K, Ca, Mg, Fe, P, Co, Mn, Mo, Cu, Zn, vitamin A carotene, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin B1 (thiamine) , vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin PP (niacin).

It belongs to the group of strong antioxidants that eliminate free radicals, increases the body's resistance, strengthens the immune system, is effective in gastrointestinal diseases, rickets, anemia, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Has a positive effect on cholesterol metabolism, has antibacterial properties.

The above-mentioned products have a pleasant taste. During their intake, the body produces endorphins and dopamine, which cause a feeling of happiness and give people pleasure.

Of course, we should know the limits!

In some cases, the intake of these products should be limited or prohibited, for example, if a person has allergies and intolerance to any of these products, it is desirable to remove them from the diet. Patients suffering from diabetes should exclude honey and grape juice since both products contain a large amount of easily digestible carbohydrates, which can instantly increase blood sugar levels. With overweight and obesity, it is desirable to limit sweets, although sometimes, on holidays, it is possible to eat a moderate amount of above-mentioned sweets in the morning.

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Wish you health!