100g of brazil nuts= 3/4cup ~ 30nuts
brazil nuts (organic, 100gm)
30g= 10 nuts
Brazil nuts are grown in the Amazon rainforests and most Brazil nut production is still gathered from wild trees. Rich rainforest soils contribute to the wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals found in Brazil nuts
Brazil Nuts are a source of:
- Selenium is a vital mineral and anti- oxidant, which may help prevent heart disease.
Selenium acts with Vitamin E to protect the immune system and maintain healthy heart function.
Two nuts a day gives the DRI of 70mcg selenium per day.
It is needed for pancreatic function and tissue elasticity
- Plant protein particularly arginine, (contain about 4g per 30g) Arginine is an amino acid building block of protein which is converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to relax and remain elastic, and helps prevent blood clotting.
- Healthy fats- contain a mix of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats
- Dietary fibre- a handful of brazil nuts provides around 10% of the DRI of fibre. Fibre is important for digestive and heart health and can help manage blood glucose levels.
Brazil Nuts also contain:
- zinc- important for healthy skin and hair, reproductive health and a healthy immune system
- calcium – important for bone health
- magnesium- important for bone health, magnesium also works with other enzyme systems to generate energy for the body
Brazil nuts help reduce the risk of heart disease attributed to their content of healthy fats, dietary fibre, arginine, plant sterols and antioxidant vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, zinc and selenium.