Why you should go nuts for Brazil nuts

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What makes raw Brazil nuts a great small snack is the range of minerals they’re packing. A one ounce serving of approximately six nuts offers small amounts of calcium, iron and a healthy dose of magnesium.

selenium, brazil nut, nutritionBut the real star of the Brazil nut is the selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral that’s essential for healthy thyroid function, antioxidant protection and also keeps your immune system functioning well. It also protects against a range of cancers.

And since one ounce of Brazil nuts can have over 700% of your daily required dose of this mineral, eating two or three at a time, a few days a week should go a long way to keeping your selenium levels topped up.

Keep in mind Brazil nuts are fairly high in calories and they’re also high in fat (which your body needs to absorb vitamins, minerals and function optimally so don’t let that scare you), and because of the high fat content, you don’t need to eat a lot of them to feel satiated.

While we’re on the topic, here are a few other good food sources of selenium:
Oysters
Tuna
Meat
Wheat Germ
Sunflower Seeds
Chia Seeds

And as a final fun fact, Brazil nuts are actually…seeds.

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