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Brazil nuts: A complete guide

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Did you know Bolivia is actually the world's largest producer of Brazil nuts? You could be forgiven for thinking otherwise!

These large, decadent, creamy nuts (although technically a seed) aren't always a staple in the average person's diet, but with their nutritional profile, they definitely deserve to be.

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Health benefits
Rich source of selenium, encouraging healthy reproductive processes.
Good source of magnesium, boosting nutrient uptake in the digestive system.
Good source of phosphorus, required to release energy from food.
Good source of zinc, helping protect against acne and skin blemishes.
Good source of calcium, strengthening teeth and bones.

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How to enjoy
Simply grab a handful for a raw snack on the go.
Enjoy sprinkled over porridge, granola or muesli.
Roughly chop and add to cake, biscuit, slice or energy ball batters.
Blend into fresh fruit and/or vegetable smoothies, or with water to make homemade nut milk.
Process and add to veggie burger or nut roast mixtures.

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As one of the highest fat nuts, Brazils are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge (for up to 6 months), or freezer (for up to a year), to prevent rancidity.

Are you a fan of brazil nuts? Share your favourite ideas and recipes in the comments section.


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