Benefits of Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are the seeds of the Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) – a tree growing in the rainforest of the Amazon. Due to the characteristic look of the nuts, they are often called the Brazilian gold. The fruits of the peanuts resemble a coconut, from which, after being cut with a machete, you can extract the seeds. They dry in the sun and are being peeled. What are the details about the Brazil nut nutrition, can you always eat them and how many can be eaten every day?

How many Brazil nuts should you eat a day?

 

The selenium content in those nuts is so high that it is not advisable to consume them in excess – 3-4 nuts a day is a recommended amount. The consumption of one nut per day is absolutely sufficient if you just want to eat them just prophylactically.

They are also useful in the form of supplementing selenium deficiency – then the recommended solution is to take a maximum of two nuts per day. Like many other substances, depending on the dose, selenium can be both beneficial and toxic. In one Brazilian nut, there is about 50 mcg of selenium.

Even in the case of a deficiency of selenium, exceeding the maximum tolerated daily dose may cause unpleasant effects of selenium overdoses – eg. skin blemishes, nails breakage, hair loss or nausea.

 

Brazil nut nutrition

 

Due to the fat content, the nuts are quite caloric, 656 kcal per 100 g. However, remember that these are mainly unsaturated fatty acids, which regulate the level of bad cholesterol and reduce hypertension, so you do not have to be scared of them. They are a rich source of vitamins B1 and E, which as an antioxidant prevents the degradation of cells. It helps in maintaining a healthy appearance of the skin and mucous membranes. It also affects fertility and stimulates wound healing after surgery and burns. They provide the body with the necessary minerals in the form of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium, iron and calcium. They help in combating stress and can be consumed by diabetics.

 

Due to the high content of zinc, they are recommended for people who drink a lot of alcohol (zinc enhances the action of alcohol dehydrogenase-enzymes found in the liver). They also contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system and protection of cells against oxidative stress. These nuts have the highest content of selenium of vegetable origin, already one nut provides us with daily demand for this mineral. Selenium is above all a very strong antioxidant. It protects us against the formation of cancer cells. It positively affects the normal skin condition and the course of enzymatic reactions.

Can the Brazil nuts be harmful?

 

While the nuts are eaten in the right dose, they should not be harmful. However, the problem may be the presence of phytic acid, which is classified as an anti-nutritional substance. This component impairs the process of mineral absorption, delivered to the body along with food. This phenomenon, however, appears mainly in the case of exceeding the recommended daily dose. The effect of phytic acid can also be overcome by properly preparing the nuts before consumption – just soak them in water for a minimum of 8 hours. This solution also allows softening the nuts, so that their consumption does not strain teeth in case of hypersensitivity. People who have a high risk of allergic reactions – for example, after eating pistachios or mangoes – should not eat them.

 

We hope that we have encouraged you to eat the nuts. Complementing the daily diet in dried fruit and nuts, do not forget about Brazil nuts – a healthy, tasty and nutritious snack.

 

Top 5 best beaches in Brazil to enjoy this summer

When you think about going to Brazil, you most probably think of visiting at least one beach during your stay. You do not have to spend the whole day there if you are not fond of sunbathing and swimming. However, drinking a beer in the beach bar is recommended. There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the sound of the ocean with a beer in your hand, don’t you think? Eating a cold acai bowl is even better. You have to try it, don’t forget, ok?

 

Now, what beaches do we recommend visiting? Below you will find a description of the 5 best beaches in our opinion. We love all of them and would like you to visit them and share the love as well. 

  • Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

You may be surprised that we have chosen Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro and not the most popular beach in the world – Copacabana. In our opinion, this beach is a bit overrated. Ipanema, on the other hand, is much more intimate and photogenic. The Travel Channel considered it the sexiest beach in the world. There is even a song that you could listen to while spending time on this beach – ‘The girl from Ipanema’ – we are sure you have heard it before.

 

  • Jericoacoara, the coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará

 

It will appeal to lovers of secluded beaches and wild nature. The landscape prevailing in this place is truly desertic. It is on the list of the best beaches in the world, but still remains a small fishing village, which hardly appears on the covers of travel magazines. The whole area has become a National Park, so Brazilians cannot cover it with concrete and roads. If you are looking for a really unique place, you definitely have to visit this beach. Now it is easy to reach as there is an airport, which was opened in 2017. 

  • Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), municipality of Tibau do Sul

The waters here are full of dolphins and turtles, so this might be a thing that will encourage you to visit this amazing place. If you want to try surfing or you are a professional surfer, this is a place for you. This charming spot surrounded by cliffs will take your breath away. There is also a lot of hostels and hotels in the area to choose from. It is situated near Natal, so you can visit the city as well. 

  • Itamambuca, Ubatuba

You will find this beach in Ubatuba city. You can reach the city by bus from Rio de Janeiro (5 hours trip). Book the tickets online on Brazil Bus Travel website . If you want to spend a few days there, we recommend renting a house near the beach. Remember that this surf destination is only alive during the day – there is nothing to do there during the night. Don’t worry though, you will be too tired to do anything after your surf lessons. We recommend taking a few classes of surfing in Zecão surf school. Situated in Mata atlantica rainforest, it is full of beautiful plants, trees and birds. You can even spot some turtles there. 

  • Praia de Itacarezinho, Bahia

This perfect beach with palm trees and white soft sand is situated 15 km south of Itacaré city, in the Bahia state. It is a great place to have a long walk as the beach is 3,5 km long. While being in Bahia, you cannot forget to try Acarajé, Muqueca or Bobó de Camarão. Just write those names down and order them while being there – you won’t regret it.

 

Did we inspire you to visit any of those best beaches in Brazil that we have enlisted? Please let us know if you love them as much as we do.

The guide to Manaus Brazil

This time we will visit the gate to the Amazon jungle: Manaus. What an amazing place it is. We recommend visiting this unique city while traveling around Brazil. Below we will give you some tips about what to see while being there. We will also write about where are Manaus Brazil  and a few facts about the history of the city.

Where is Manaus, Brazil?

 

In the north-western part of Brazil, you can find a very interesting place, the capital of Amazonas, which is located at the confluence of two rivers – Solimoes and Negro. We’re talking about Manaus, which is also an international seaport. Located 1500 kilometers from the sea, it impresses with the number of monuments and the characteristic atmosphere. It is worth coming here for a few days.

With more than 2 million people, it is the main city and financial center of the entire Upper Amazon and the beating heart of the region.

A short history of Manaus, Brazil

 

The city was founded in the seventeenth century as a small Portuguese fortress called São José da Barra. In 1832, the name was changed to Manaus, which means “Mother of God”.

The city increased significantly in the nineteenth century – when the rubber trade revived. 

Beautiful palaces were built, luxurious casino games and public houses were opened. Electric light shone earlier than on the streets of London. The opera featured such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, and Anna Pawłowa. The wives of rich merchants sent beautiful gowns and clothes by ship to England, lace imported from Lisbon and dresses from Paris.

And suddenly it all ended. The English stole Amazon rubber seeds and transported them to Ceylon, and then to Malaya, where they created competitive plantations. The palaces were deserted and the representative building of one of the finest operas in the world began to be absorbed by the jungle. It was not until the 1960s that the jungle falling into the city center was cleared.

 

What to see in Manaus Brazil

– Teatro Amazonas

 

Teatro Amazonas (or Amazonian Theater) – the most beautiful building in Manaus and a magnificent opera built-in 1884 by rich barons in Brazil under the supervision of an Italian architect Celestial Sacardim with many paintings by another Italian artist Domenico de Angelis.

It’s a real work of art because its steel comes from Great Britain, marble from Italy and furniture from Paris. The great thing is that you can see there decorated ceramic tiles painted like the Brazilian national flag.

– MUSA Museu da Amazonia

 

If you do not want to go to the jungle with the guide but still want to get a feeling of it, visit MUSA. It is a place spread around 100 hectares of the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve. You can enjoy the breathtaking view from the 42 meters tower and see a few exhibitions, aquariums, lakes and laboratories of butterflies, snakes, and insects. We strongly recommend visiting this place. You will not regret it.

 

– Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

 

If you want to learn a bit about the rubber trade and how it is produced – visit this place. You will go there by boat which is a nice ride. Again – strongly recommended.

– Mercado Adolpho Lisboa

Also called Mercado Municipal is the largest art nouveau market in Manaus. It was created based on the famous Les Halles market in Paris, but it has not lost its Amazonian style.

You can buy almost anything you can imagine here: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and exotic fruit-based drinks. Mercado Adolpho Lisboa in Manaus is a wonderful place where you can feel the Brazilian loud life and active atmosphere. It is also a place where you can buy food when you are going on a trip on the Amazon river or to the Amazonian jungle.

– Amazonas Jazz Festival

 

If you are a fan of music, especially jazz, you should think about getting to Manaus Brazil in July, when the Jazz Festival is taking place. This event takes place at the Amazonian Theater (Teatro Amazonas), and its first edition took place in 2006. During the festival, various other activities, workshops, and seminars are held.

The Amazonas Jazz Festival usually hosts the best jazz performers from around the world, as well as local bands, so you’ll find a variety of styles here. Concerts are held not only at the Teatro Amazonas, but also at other places in Manaus: the Palace of Justice and Largo de São Sebastião.

–  Encontro das Águas

 

The ‘Meeting of Waters’, known in Portuguese as Encontro das Águas or Encuentro de Los Aguas, is the place where Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro meet. This is a great tourist attraction due to the different temperatures of the water, which make rivers flow for over four miles without mixing. Rio Solimões, mainly due to sand and mud, has the color of coffee, and Rio Negro has a dark, tea-like color. These colors make the ‘Meeting of Waters’ a natural phenomenon that you will not see anywhere else in the world.

– The Amazon river visited by boat

 

The city of Manaus has no road connections to any major city, so if you want to get from here to other cities, you will have to take a plane or a boat. Traveling by boat through the Amazon can be a great tourist attraction, but remember that these trips usually last 3-5 days and end in a different city.

 

Remember to buy a hammock in which you will sleep. You will probably find them without problems in the city of departure. Remember also to buy two ropes (1.5 m each) to attach the hammock. Buy a sleeping bag or a blanket as the nights can be cold.

 

You can also hire a private boat with a tour guide who will drive you around the small villages. This is an amazing experience. Ask around in the city, you will find a lot of offers like that. 

 

Do not forget mosquito repellents (mosquito nets), books, flashlights, cameras, and power banks. You will need the hammock as well and clothes for the cold nights. Ask your guide what things may come in handy and buy them while being in the city.

– Amazon Jungle tour

This adventure is not for everyone. But if you decide to take a tour of the Amazonian jungle, you will surely know the secrets and the lush nature of the Amazonian jungle. Hire a guide. Do not go there on your own! You need some equipment to go there, so make sure that your guide tells you everything that you should take.

As you can see, there are a lot of places to visit in Manaus, Brazil. We are amazed by this place and recommend it to everyone – one in a lifetime experience.