With my mind on health foods these days, I’m going to write about a few nuts 🙂 — no not crazy people, even though there are plenty of such nuts around in the world ;), but I’m going to write about nuts, which constitute food.
The first of these, my favorite, is Brazil Nuts! These grow in the Amazon forest, and nowhere else on the planet. Native Amazonians have cherished these delicious nuts since ages, which provide them much-needed protein, fats and other essential nutrients. They are also rich in selenium, which has attracted attention because of its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect cells from damage. There is some evidence that selenium supplements may reduce the odds of prostate cancer.
Brazil nuts grow near the tops of 150-foot-tall trees in hard casings similar to coconuts, but they are never imported in this form. Inside the case, 20 to 30 nuts fit together like the sections of an orange. The case and its contents are heavy and can weigh anything up to 4.5kg, and individual trees can produce as many as 450kg of nuts. The trees grow only in the wild and aren’t cultivated. Collectors of these cases stop work when the wind is strong because a case landing on your head can literally kill you.
Although these nuts are called Brazil nuts their biggest producer is Bolivia, which produces about 50% of the world’s supply.
Scientists have researched that a late-night snack of 6-8 Brazil nuts – which are packed with selenium and potassium – washed down with a calcium-rich glass of milk contains all the ingredients you need for a satisfying sleep. The research says that those with sleep apnea may benefit from this snack too. So, insomniacs could give this a try!