The Brazil nut is a relatively unknown nut. Therefore the price of this nut is also slightly higher than that of other nuts. Yet the nut is very healthy and is definitely worth trying. The nut has, in comparison to other nuts, a large size. It is the fruit of a nut tree para. This tree is found in South America and may well be 800 years old. Each fruit weighs around 2.5 pounds and typically contains between 10 and 25 Brazil nuts. A tree produces up to 300 of these fruits every year.
Brazil nuts contain 679 calories per 100 grams. The nut contains a lot of fat, around 67%. Part of these fats are well against heart disease. The nut also contains about 7 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein per 100 grams. Besides the high amount of calories and fat, there is another reason why you shouldn't eat too much Brazil nuts. The nut is in fact particularly rich in selenium. Eating too much of Brazil nuts will poison you. 100 grams of this nut can already easily lead to intoxication. They are also rich in zinc, vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
The high amount of fat ensures that, after the macadamia nut, no other nut contains as much fat as the Brazil nut.
All these minerals and vitamins provide good support for the immune system and a healthy functioning of muscles, digestive and thyroid. The nut is also healthy for your bones and teeth because of the amount of calcium.
Brazil nuts and cancer
Many argue that Brazil nuts prevent the development of cancer. This is because the nuts are pale antioxidants. They, according to many studies have an inhibitory effect on cell division and therefore will malignancies slower onset or at least grow more slowly.
Are Brazil nuts healthy?
Brazil nuts are healthy as long as they are eaten in moderation. Too many of these nuts creates an excessive intake of calories and fat and can lead to intoxication!
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