You've probably had a Brazil nut, though you might not have been aware at the time. Among a growing list of superfoods, this oblong nut can be found alongside peanuts, cashews and almonds in almost any can of mixed nuts, but the Brazil nut is ahead of the rest when it comes to nutrition.
Why Is The Brazil Nut Ranked Among Superfoods?
If the UK's Daily Mail recently called Brazil nuts one of the 10 top superfoods, it's not for nothing. Brazil nuts aren't just full of protein, healthy fat and fiber, like other healthy nuts, they're also an incredible source of selenium. Brazil nuts contain 2,500 times more selenium than any other nut in the world! Like the nutrients found in many superfoods, selenium is an immune system booster, which is important with winter fast approaching.
Ladies Home Journal also named Brazil nuts among superfoods important for cancer-survivors. Brazil nuts also contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that's also found in strawberries, raspberries and cranberries.
What to Do With Brazil Nuts?
You may be convinced that the Brazil nut belongs alongside other superfoods, but what can you do to integrate them into your diet... aside from picking them out of bowls of mixed nuts?
- Use Brazil nuts to make homemade nut milk
- Make up a pot of this delicious creamy cauliflower, carrot and Brazil nut soup for wintertime
- Make a Brazil nut pesto, to use in recipes like roasted broccoli and Brazil nut pesto
- Chop them up and toss them into a salad
- Sprinkle them on top of your morning bowl of oatmeal or yogurt
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