Rich in minerals and vitamins, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibers, this South American fruit is considered to be outstanding quality food.
Brazil Nuts are genuinely an “Amazonian gift” from nature because they are infinitely beneficial to our entire health. The full nutrient content makes these nuts extremely valuable as a healthy food that can successfully improve health and reduce the chances of a wide range of conditions.
Health benefits of eating Brazil Nuts:
– improve the work of the heart (protects against coronary heart disease and stroke)
– helps in skin care (soothes, moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin)
– helps to lose weight (in 30 grams of Brazil nuts there are about 200 calories, so it is advised to consume it in limited quantities)
– encourage the digestive system (the fibers facilitate the movement of food in the digestive system and extract as many nutrients as possible)
– strengthen immunity (antioxidants and organic substances that contain Brazil nuts help enhance protection)
– plays an essential role in male fertility and the development of follicles in women – who are responsible for egg cells production.
– reduces the bad and increases the good cholesterol in the blood.
– has an anticancer effect and impedes the development of malignant diseases.
– help with cataract
– heals the bones and protects against osteoporosis.
– It does not contain gluten and is useful for people who are allergic to gluten.
-If you eat them often and in large quantities, you risk the occurrence of selenium toxicity, which can lead to hair loss, stomach upset, fatigue, headache, irritability, neurological problems, dizziness, and even a heart attack or renal failure.
Nutrition Facts in 100 g of Brazil Nuts:
-14 g protein
-67 g fat
-12 g carbohydrates
-7.5 g of fiber.
“For good health, good mood & energy – Eat 1 to 2 nuts per day!”
The Brazilian nut is extremely rich in selenium and is an excellent source of minerals. It contains calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, and vitamins C, E, and B6. It includes a significant amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Melanie Ceko, from the University of Adelaide, says:
“We knew that selenium is important for male fertility, but so far nobody has been examined how this element can be involved in the healthy reproduction of women. We assume that they play an important role as an antioxidant in the late stages of follicle development, helping to create a healthy environment for the egg cells.”
One Brazilian nut weighs about 10 grams and contains and even exceeds the daily needs for selenium (100 grams of Brazilian walnuts also contain 1917 mcg of selenium, which exceeds the daily requirement for 2739%.)
Recipe for a creamy smoothie with Brazil Nuts
1 ¼ cup of water
Ten Brazil nuts
½ tablespoon Chia seeds
2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
½ banana, frozen
½ cup ice
Add water, Brazil nuts, dates and chia seeds to the blender. Let that soak for about 10 minutes. Add protein powder, banana, ice, and blend.
Interesting to know: Brazil nut grows in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. The tree reaches up to 50 meters high and lives up to 700 years. One tree gives about 300 scoops per season, each weighing 2.5 kg and having up to 15 walnuts. In 2014, global production of Brazil nuts (in a shell) was 95,000 tonnes, remaining a consistent annual total since 2009. The largest producers were Bolivia (47% of world total) and Brazil (40%), and the United States was the largest importer, with 9% of the world production volume.
Brazil Nut Oil
Contains 75% unsaturated fatty acids composed mainly of oleic and linolenic acids, as well as the phytosterol, beta-sitosterol, and fat-soluble vitamin E. Extracted from these nuts, has many traditional medicinal applications as an emollient and massage oil. It has a bright yellow color with a pleasant sweet smell and taste. Its emollient property helps keep skin well protected from dryness. It has also employed in the cooking, and as “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines in aromatherapy, in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
Remember: People allergic to nuts should refrain from consuming them. It is good to eat them unsalted. Shelled Brazil nuts in their basic natural form are safer and healthier. The best way to eat Brazil nuts is to have them raw, not cooked, toasted or roasted or with a bit of salt. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain their freshness.