Brazil Nuts (Raw – Not Roasted)
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A good source of healthful fats, protein, fiber and selenium (which helps lower blood sugar), Brazil nuts offer many nutritional benefits indeed. These include boosting heart health, providing antioxidants and improving brain function. Now roasted to perfect crunchiness, for the perfect snack!
5 MINUTES RECIPE
Healthy Brazil Nut Energy Balls
1 cup whole Brazil nuts
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)
coconut flakes (optional if you desire to roll your balls in it)
How to make
- Place brazil nuts into food processor and pulse until becomes crumb-like texture.
- Add remaining ingredients and pulse together.
- Using a small cookie scooper scoop out the balls.
- Roll in coconut flakes if desired.
Selenium is a mineral that acts as an antioxidant. Though it’s used for a number of bodily functions, you only need to obtain small amounts of it through your diet.
A one-ounce (28-gram) serving of Brazil nuts will provide you with more than 100% of the RDI for selenium.
Selenium deficiency is rare and usually only occurs in certain disease states.
For example, one study found that people undergoing hemodialysis for kidney disease were selenium deficient.
When these people ate just one Brazil nut a day for three months, their blood selenium levels returned to normal, and the nuts had an antioxidant effect in their blood.
Brazil nuts can also reduce cholesterol levels. What’s more, they may reduce oxidative stress and improve the function of blood vessels in obese teenagers.
Finally, Brazil nuts may reduce inflammation in both healthy people and those undergoing hemodialysis.
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