|Brazil Nuts & Brazil Nut Butter|
A well kept secret, Brazil Nut Butter has a wonderful "sweet" creamy taste, similar to macadamia nuts. Due to it's creamy nature, it is easily spreadable and can be used in everything from deserts to salads to stuffing. Brazil nuts originated in Brazil and grow wild in the Amazon forest of South America. The Brazil nut tree can grow to a height of 250 feet and only begins to produce nuts after about 12 years. The Brazil nut is enclosed in a hard dark brown shell and tastes like a coconut. Brazil nuts are the edible seeds of a giant South American tree (Bertholletia excelsa) that grows wild in the Amazon River basin.
Brazil Nut Butter is particularly known for its relatively high content of selenium, an important antioxidant in the fight against heart disease and certain types of cancer. Researchers are studying the role of many vitamins and minerals — such as vitamins C, E and the minerals selenium and zinc — on prostate cancer risk. These vitamins and minerals are antioxidants, substances that slow down oxidation — a natural process that can damage cells. Antioxidants may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by protecting cells from cancer-causing substances. Food is the best source of vitamins and minerals. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes provide a wide variety of nutrients — known and unknown — that may protect your body against disease. Recent studies are showing an association of good selenium intake in the diet with lower rates of prostate cancer.
*Giovannucci, Edward. Selenium and risk of prostate cancer. The Lancet, Vol. 352, September 5, 1998, pp. 755-56
Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium. Some doctors are recommending
a few brazilnuts or brazilnut butter as a way to get the selenium for
the day. They usually advise 2-3 large or 7-8 mediums. That translates
to 1 tablespoon of our brazil nut butter. Some say that selenium is key
to preventing depression.
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