Brazil nuts: benefits and properties
Although they can be confused with nuts, did you know that in reality they are known as Brazil nuts Are seeds contained in a hard fruit which has the same size as a coconut? The trees that produce them grow wild in Brazil (hence its name), although it is also possible to find it in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela.
They are also known by the names of Brazilian coquito, amazonian walnut, chestnut tree or chestnut tree from Pará. In fact, in Bolivia they are known by the names of almonds or chestnuts of pando, while its scientific name is that of Bertholletia excelsa.
They are usually eaten raw or toasted due to their excellent and wonderful flavor, hence they are used in the preparation of sweets, cakes and cookies, or simply be meals alone accompanied by other drinks and food.
The incredible properties of Brazil nut
1. Great nutritional wealth
Brazil nuts are very rich in essential nutrients, among which we can name:
- Healthy fats: especially omega-6 fatty acids (also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids).
- Fiber: a handful of Brazil nuts provide around 3 grams of fiber.
- Vitamins: the presence of vitamin E stands out above all
- Minerals: especially magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and calcium.
On the other hand, it is interesting to know that a handful of Brazil nuts (around 30 grams) provide 4.3 grams of protein and 3.8 carbohydrates.
2. Help lower high cholesterol
In case of high cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides in the blood help reduce the high values of fats in the blood, thanks to its richness in omega-6 fatty acids.
We must also mention the presence of selenium, a fundamental mineral at the time of take care and protect the heart.
3. Very energetic
Brazil nuts are excellent for those who need an extra energy contribution, since they become a natural option as energetic as nutritious, thanks to its richness in proteins, carbohydrates and fats. That's why they are interesting for athletes.
4. Very rich in natural antioxidants
Brazil nuts are rich in selenium and vitamin E, two natural antioxidants that help positively reduce the negative effects of free radicals.
They are also ideal for those who wish to delay or 'fight' against the effects of aging, by providing anti-aging qualities. On the other hand, for their antioxidant richness, they are equally interesting when it comes to reduce the risk of suffering cancer.
Attention: moderate and sporadic consumption
We recommend a moderate and sporadic consumption of Brazil nuts precisely because of its high selenium content. In addition, it can cause an accumulation of radio in the bones with adverse effects on health, since the roots of the trees that produce them tend to be buried deep in the soil and absorb unusual amounts of radio from the earth.
Images | Caitlin / Jean Marconi This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist. ThemesDry fruits