Brazilian nut grows in the Amazon forests of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. The tree can reach 50 feet in height and can live up to 700 years. One tree produces about 300 fruits in one season, each weighing about 5.5 pounds and has up to 15 nuts in it.
Brazil nuts -- nutritional values
Brazilian nut is rich in selenium and has large amounts of minerals. It is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. This nut is also rich in vitamins such as vitamins C, E and B6. In its content there are also omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Nutritional values in 100g Brazil nuts: 650 kkal, 14 g protein, 67 g fat, 12 g carbohydrates and 7.5 g fiber.
Brazil nuts -- health benefits
- Reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Has anticancer effect and stops the development of malignant diseases.
- Protect against coronary heart disease and stroke.
- Heals and protects bones from osteoporosis.
- Contains no gluten and is useful for people who are allergic to gluten.
- Soothes and rejuvenates skin
Brazilian Walnut Diet
The rich content of protein and fiber make Brazilian nut especially good nutrition because it controls the feeling of hunger and helps in weight loss. Of course you should not exaggerate (not more than 20-30 g per day), because not only has the counter effect but it can also worsen your health. Too much selenium can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue and headache.