They are high in Selenium, Vitamin E and B vitamins. Brazil nuts have been a staple food in Amazon regions for years. The tree they grow on is one of the tallest and longest living plants in the Amazon and Brazil nuts have been a source of good quality protein and fats in this region and now the world.
Rich creamy and buttery in texture, they are filling, satisfying and very high in two of the most important vitamins and minerals to stay young and healthy, Vitamin E and Selenium. Brazil nuts are considered a complete protein, making them an excellent addition to the vegetarian diet. Because of the high fat content of Brazil nuts, and they should be kept in a cool dry place and eaten quickly.
The high level of Selenium is what makes Brazil nuts so good for you. Selenium is an important antioxidant that can protect from the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive particles that oxidize and then damage the body cells and tissues. Selenium can neutralize free radicals and in the process, provide protection against a number of diseases including, heart disease. Selenium is also found to boost the immune system.
Another important fact about Brazil nuts nutrition is that selenium is also required for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland regulate metabolism and proper endocrine balance in the body, and is essential to keep working well.
Brazil nuts can be eaten alone raw as a snack, or made into a delicious creamy nut butter. They can also be enjoyed roasted, salted, or sweetened.
We love using them to make fudge, pesto, chocolates-bars and energy bars.
Coarsely ground Brazil nuts can be sprinkled over fruit and salads.
They are also used in many desserts, particularly in fruitcakes, and are great in raw recipes for crunchy toppings and making decadent ice-cream. They can, like all other nuts, be made into nut milk which is and amazingly rich and tasty alternative to ordinary milk.