Brazil nuts - a source of health and beauty

Oct 19, 2022 Michał Pelc

Brazil nuts are one of the most popular snacks. Even people who do not pay special attention to composing a diet, associate their unusual, oblong shape, for example, from tasty and filling student mixtures. The most eye-catching nuts of this blend are the fruits of the Brazil nut. Few people know that they are valued not only for their taste, but also for their health-promoting properties. What? Let's see!

Brazil nuts as early as the 17th century. century were an important commodity in trade. They grow from the wet forests of the Amazon basin on trees that can reach up to 50 meters in height! They came to Europe thanks to Dutch merchants, then they started to gain popularity on the Old Continent.
An orally transmitted anecdote says that the famous German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humbolt, who came into contact with Brazil nuts in Venezuela, was supposed to offer a mountain of money equal to a tree for a Brazil nut flower. Another says that before Brazil nuts reached Europe, hungry merchants ate them. When they realized how much energy, strength and health they gained, they immediately decided to buy more of them and popularize them in their countries. How much truth is there in that? It is not known.
The fact is, however, that Brazil nuts have a beneficial effect on health and beauty. Which is why they are such a popular snack.

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Brazil nuts - tasty and healthy

Brazil nuts are one of the most fatty nuts. However, this information should not discourage anyone. They are characterized by a unique fat composition that is very beneficial to health . They are also recommended in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, Brazil nuts have a lot of protein and provide a large amount of selenium, which has a good effect on the concentration and work of the brain, as well as the health of bones and teeth.

In 100 g of Brazil nuts you will find:

  • caloric value: 656 kcal
  • fat: 66.4 g
  • 12 carbohydrates of which sugars: 2.3 g
  • protein: 14.3 g
  • magnesium: 376 mg
  • vitamin E: 5.7 mg

Brazil nuts, what are they good for? The unique composition of fats and vitamin E, which is a strong antioxidant, makes Brazil nuts an excellent condition for the skin. Doctors recommend eating them after operations and burns, precisely because of the strong properties supporting the regeneration of the epidermis.
Brazil nuts are also used to obtain high-quality oil, which is a valued additive in cosmetics. It contains over 50% oleic acid, which has a positive effect on the skin's elasticity, moisturizes it and improves its firmness.

Brazil nuts, a healthy snack for beer

Brazil nuts taste a bit like coconuts. You can also feel a light almond note in them. Brazil nuts are great as an addition to cakes, pies and cookies. In some countries they are sold in a version: covered with sweet, milk chocolate.
Since their sweet variants are usually recommended, for a change we offer an equally tasty, but more dry version that will work as a healthy snack ... even with beer. These are Brazil nuts in very aromatic spices.

Spicy Brazil nuts

  • Serves 4
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • 1 serving: 348 kcal

Toast 200 g Brazil nuts in a dry frying pan and let cool. Preheat, bake to 200 degrees. Crush a teaspoon of chilli, black pepper, thyme and cumin in a mortar. Mash the egg white with a fork with a pinch of Himalayan salt and coat the nuts in it. Add spices and mix well. Put the nuts on a baking tray (lined with paper). Bake for about 10 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven.

Brazil nuts can be a great complement to a varied diet. However, they should not be consumed more than 10 a day. It is also worth paying attention to what nuts we buy, it is best if the ones we choose have the "organic" label - then we will be sure that we are buying the highest quality product.

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