What You Don’t Know About Brazil Nuts: Health Benefits Of This Amazonian Superfood
Written by: Drew Canole
Palmitoleic and oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids), vitamin E, selenium, B-complex vitamins, copper, magnesium, manganese.
Amazon’s forests are the native home to countless superfoods! The Brazil nut has been cherished by native Amazonians for generations and are said to be one of their staple sources of energy. Brazil nut trees are one of the tallest and long-living plants in the forests. They are thought to live 500-700 years! They grow in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
The Brazil nut’s high calorie, vitamin and mineral content make them a great energy snack. They are full of good fats that help to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Diets high in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as are found in Brazil nuts, are linked to decreased risk of strokes and coronary artery disease.
Organ and Bone Health
The Brazil nut’s high selenium content makes it an excellent food for thyroid, liver and kidney health. Just 1-3 nuts a day provides the body’s daily need for this trace element.
Copper in Brazil nuts helps prevent anemia and bone weakness (osteoporosis).
When the oil is extracted from Brazil nuts, it becomes an excellent massage oil and helps to prevent skin dryness.
Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant. It is vital for keeping the cell membrane of mucus and skin cells healthy and protected from free radicals.
The antioxidants in Brazil nuts have shown particularly effective in preventing breast and prostate cancers.
7 Ways to Enjoy Brazil Nuts:
Brazil nuts are best eaten raw!
#2 Salad topping
Sprinkle them whole or chopped onto any salad or try some of these delicious recipes:
Chicken and Brazil Nut Salad
Asparagus, Corn and Brazil Nut Salad
Strawberry and Brazil Nut Salad
#3 Salad dressing ingredient
Brazil nuts are a perfect ingredient in many salad dressing recipes. All you need is a good blender! Store-bought salad dressings are often full of sugar and other ingredients that you do NOT want in your body! It is super easy to make your own dressings from ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
Spicey Brazil Nut Salad Dressing
The Raw Project Brazil Nut Dressing
#4 Brazil Nut Milk
Rich and creamy dairy milk alternative.
#5 Roasted Broccoli with Brazil Nut Pesto
#6 No-Cook Chocolate & Nut Butter Fudge
Brazil nuts add nice bulk to soup and vegetable dishes. Try some of the recipes below to get you started.
Creamy Cauliflower Carrot and Brazil Nut Soup
Tomato Brazil Nut Soup
Roasted Asparagus with Brazil Nuts
Don’t miss out on the amazing benefits of this brazilian superfood! I would recommend trying a new healthy food into your diet routine every time you go shopping. Knock out something your body definitely does not need and replace it with something nutritionally fantastic!
Soon your fridge and cupboards will be filled with a plethora of amazing foods that not only taste amazing but will benefit your body tremendously.
Do you have any Brazil nut recipes I should try?
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