Brazil nuts are a superfood that contains many essential nutrients that our body needs and is grown in many parts of the amazon rainforest, a surprising fact is that brazil nuts aren’t actually nuts, but seeds since it comes from the brazil nut tree. Compared to the other nuts they are much larger in size so it is very dense in calories/fat meaning just 6 brazil nuts equals one serving size. Here we will take a closer look at all the benefits that eating brazil nuts will give you:
The Benefits Of Brazils Nuts
High Fibre And Protein
One serving of brazil nuts contains 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fibre which is around 8% of your recommend daily fibre intake. This high fibre/protein content brazil nuts provide will keep you satiated and satisfied for a long time reducing the amount of food you eat often leading to weight loss.
Very High Selenium Content
Brazil nuts are the number one food source of selenium on the planet and eating just two a day is enough to maintain a healthy level of selenium in your body. Maintaining a healthy level of selenium is extremely important because it is essential to the functioning of your immune and thyroid systems, it also has anti-inflammatory capabilities. Having a lack of selenium may cause asthma, depression, heart disease, anxiety disorders and seizures.
Helps Prevent Acne/Premature Aging
The wide array of vitamins and nutrients in brazil nuts make it particularly good for protecting skin health. These vitamins/nutrients help give your skin a healthy glow while improving the elasticity of the skin, which helps prevent premature aging (where you look much older than your age). Furthermore, the high zinc content of brazil nuts have been shown to help prevent acne breakouts or lessen its appearance. There are two ways this can be achieved, the first is obviously to consume the nuts through your diet and the second is to apply brazil nut oil on the affected areas.
Good For Your Digestive System
Having a good level of magnesium in your body will ensure all the nutrients you consume is efficiently taken in by your digestive system. Brazil nuts contain a very high level of magnesium making sure that you reap as many benefits as possible from your foods.
Increases HDL (Good Cholesterol)
The unsaturated fats in brazil nuts will increase your HDL cholesterol levels and having a healthy level of HDL will help protect you from heart attacks/strokes.
Oesophageal (your food pipe) cancer is directly related to low levels of selenium, but eating brazil nuts won’t just increase your levels of selenium, it will also increase your levels of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a natural antioxidant that is antimutagenic and anticancer.
Although brazil nuts have many amazing benefits there are still a few drawbacks that you should be aware of, or else they could do more harm than good.
Brazil Nuts Caution/Drawbacks
- Due to the very high fat content of brazil nuts it means they go rancid very easily. To prevent this and fend off spoilage store them in the fridge or freezer to maintain the nuts freshness. Since they contain so much fat brazil nuts are very high in calories so try not to consume more than 3-4 nuts a day.
- Even though the brazil nut is technically a seed people with nut allergies should still take caution because the profile of this food is similar to other nuts.
- Since brazil nuts contain so much selenium consuming too much (more than 10x the RDA of selenium) will cause you to have selenium toxicity. This can cause brittle hair/fingernails, skin rashes, diarrhoea, nausea and coughing.
To conclude brazil nuts are definitely one of the best nuts to consume for you and your health, but it’s very important not to overdo it with these nuts since the high calories and selenium content can be detrimental if you overload your body with it. If you have anymore questions about brazil nuts then feel free to leave it in the comment section below.