Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium and on an average contain about 96 mcg per nut. However, some Brazil Nuts might contain as much as 400 mcg per nut. The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for selenium is 55 mcg per day for adults and it is evident that Brazil nuts offer you much more than that.
Apart from selenium, Brazil nuts contain more magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and zinc as compared to other nuts. It is also an excellent source of heart-healthy fats.
Food items like fish, ham, chicken, pork, mushrooms and tofu also contain selenium but in very less amounts.
Caution: Consult a doctor or dietician before adding Brazil Nuts to your diet. Intake of large amounts of Brazil Nuts can increase the concentration of selenium in the body, which can pose a number of health risks. (image credits- istock)