Why Everyone’s Going Nuts : BRAZIL Nuts That Is!

No prizes for guessing where the humble Brazil nut originates from, yep, this nutrient packed tree nut can be mainly found growing naturally in the Amazonian rain forest in Brazil. Incidentally, they aren’t the world’s largest producer of the nuts, that crown belongs to Bolivia. The Amazonian rain forest is directly next door to the England Football teams first match in Brazil that took place yesterday! England had to endure a humid one as the ideal conditions for this nut to grow is with plenty of warmth and moisture. The Brazil nut is nutrient packed, but also high in fat and calories so should be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

Approx 30g of brazil nuts contains approx 185kcal, 4g protein, 3g of carbs and around 19g of fat, albeit the cardioprotective monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat (41% and 34% respectively). As well as this they deliver fibre, calcium and even iron (approx 5 and 4% respectively). Perhaps most notably, Brazil nuts contain Selenium, with a 30g serving providing a ridiculous 774% of your daily recommended intake! Selenium is a trace mineral that plays a key part in immune and thyroid function, so it can be useful as a method of supporting a stressful training regime and in joint lubrication (essential oils).

Source

Livestrong, (2013). What are the health benefits of Brazil nuts? Retrieved 13th June, 2014, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/288745-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-brazil-nuts/

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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