Brazil nuts come from the Amazon jungle, mainly Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. They are considered seeds inside coconutlike pods. Brazil nuts are mostly known for their selenium content, but they are also high in fiber, protein and magnesium. The nuts are a major source of income for local Amazonian people.
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Calories and Other Nutrients
In 1 ounce of Brazil nuts, or about six nuts, there are 190 calories. They have 19 grams of fat, with most of it coming from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are considered good fats because they lower your risk for heart disease. Brazil nuts also have 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. You can get 25 percent of your recommended daily value for both magnesium and copper from eating an ounce of Brazil nuts.
An ounce of Brazil nuts has 544 micrograms of selenium, about 777 percent of the recommended daily value. It is important not to consume too many nuts; otherwise, a selenium toxicity can occur. Each nut contains 68 to 91 micrograms of selenium; two to three nuts is sufficient without becoming toxic. The symptoms of selenium toxicity include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and hair loss.