Brazil nuts are what you would call a nutritional powerhouse. It may seem a little overboard to call a nut this. But these bad boys are chunkier than almonds and are packed with essential nutrients for our body.
Like other nuts Brazils are a great source of vitamin E as well as monounsaturated fats but here’s the thing that is special about Brazil nuts…..They are high in the mineral Selenium. Most of our diets are naturally deficient of selenium due to our soil here in NZ lacking this nutrient. However its essential for our immune and thyroid function and lucky for us, Brazil nuts are full of it.
So how can you add Brazil nuts to your diet?
Brazil nuts are surprisingly creamy (like cashews) but much more savoury (like cheese). So you could add them to your pesto, make nut cheese or just do what i do, keep it simple and eat 2 a day!
If you would like help with meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for your own nutrition consultation either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist