As you might already know, brazil nuts are large. But did you know these nutritious nuts grow on trees in South America? Really, they are not strictly a nut. But actually large seeds. It’s their brown casings that lead many people to wrongly refer to them as nuts.
They have a rich, distinct flavor and are packed with nutrients that make them a great addition to almost any meal. Here are a few fun facts about Brazil nuts, along with several delicious ways to make them a part of your diet.
Some Really Interesting Nutritional Facts About Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are rich in many vitamins and minerals which are important to our bodies. They have a high caloric count, 656 per 100 grams, mainly due to their fat content. Much of this fat, however, is in the form of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which help to raise HDL or “good cholesterol” while lowering LDL or “bad cholesterol.”
They are also gluten-free, which makes them a popular ingredient in many gluten-free food products. They are an excellent source of vitamin E, as well as vitamins from the B-complex group such as niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6.
Brazil nuts also contain very high levels of selenium. In fact, they are richer in the element than any other natural food source. Just one or two Brazil nuts each day is more than enough to provide your body with the selenium it needs. Eating too many nuts in a short period could lead to a selenium overdose, however, causing hair loss, fatigue and upset stomach.
Let’s Look At The Brazil Nut Tree
Brazil nut trees are very tall. Specimens in good growing conditions can grow up to 150 feet. They play a substantial role in the ecology of the tropical rainforest, most notably by providing food for animals down below.
Their flowers are coiled, complex and cannot be accessed by many of nature’s pollinators. In fact, only one species of bee likes the flower. These bees only live in areas which contain a particular orchid. This means that Brazil nuts can only be produced in the rainforest regions where this orchid is found.
Add Some Spicy Brazil Nuts To Your Cooking
There are many different ways to incorporate Brazil nuts into your mealtime routine. These nuts are commonly eaten raw, on their own. The only downfall is that it’s necessary to crack them with hand-held pliers or a shelling machine. They are one tough nut!
Raw Brazil nuts can be sprinkled over a salad to provide a creamy flavor and crunchy texture. Use them as a key element in a main course such as soup or meat and vegetable dishes. They really shine as an ingredient in many delicious desserts, including fudge, pudding and fruitcake. You can also roast them either salted or sweetened for a dynamic snack option.
Have You Ever Used Brazil Nut Oil?
Brazil nuts can be pressed into Brazil nut oil. This oil can be used as a healthy alternative to other cooking oils. Brazil nut oil also has uses outside of the kitchen. It can be used for making paints and as a lubricant in devices like clocks. It is also a very useful cosmetic oil for moisturizing both the skin and hair. It can be rubbed into rough, cracked skin or used as a natural lip balm.
Brazil nuts are packed with things our bodies need and can bring a great taste to a variety of meals. Even a couple of Brazil nuts every few days can be a beneficial addition to your diet. Have you had your Brazil nuts today?
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