Brazil Nut Butter

£4.20

A satisfyingly crunchy spread made of 100% highest quality Brazil nuts, lightly toasted and stone milled to preserve their great taste and aroma, mixed with Brazil nut pieces. Excellent source of vitamins and minerals, this highly nutritious butter is healthy and enjoyable on its own (try it on toasted bread) or as an ingredient in other dishes.

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Description

Both the Smooth and the Crunchy varieties are made of 100% highest quality cashew nuts – and nothing else. The nuts were lightly toasted and stone milled to a fine paste. They differ in texture only. While the Smooth contains just the paste of grounded cashew nuts, the Crunchy is mixed with bits of broken cashews, adding highly palatable “crunchiness” to the taste. Each jar contains 170g.

Culinary Use

In general, Brazil Nut Butter can be used wherever and whenever one would otherwise use peanut butter. It does have, though, a very distinct taste quite different from the peanut butter (for more about the differences between the two from the nutritional point of view see below). It is fabulous on it’s own, spread on freshly toasted bread. As the product is made of 100% Brazil nuts, without any additives whatsoever, you may wish to add a pinch of salt and/or some drops of honey, maple syrup or sugar to suit your taste.

Brazil Nut Butter can be used as an ingredient in salad dressing or as an original dip (prepared like Tahini). Both varieties can be used to enhance stir fries and oriental dishes such as Thai chicken and Chicken Satay. For deserts and sweet treats, Brazil Nut Butter has a respectable range of uses as a main ingredient in baking cookies, fudges and such like. The use is really only bound by your imagination! You can, of course, do some online research too…

Health Benefits

Wikipedia states the following health benefits of Brazil Nut Butter:

Brazil nuts are a good source of some vitamins and minerals. A cup (133 grams) of Brazil nuts contains the vitamins thiamin (0.8 mg—55% DV) and vitamin E (7.6 mg—38% DV); minerals calcium (213 mg—21% DV), magnesium (500 mg—125% DV), phosphorus (946 mg—96% DV), copper (2.3 mg—116% DV), and manganese (1.6 mg—81%). Brazil nuts are perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium; 28 g (1 oz, 6–8 nuts) can contain as much as 544 µg. This is 10 times the adult U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowances, more even than the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL), although the amount of selenium within batches of nuts varies greatly.

Another online source claims the following benefits associated with eating nuts:

  1. Brazil nuts are high in calories, contains good quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. The nuts in-fact have been staple diet of Amazonian.
  2. 100 g of brazil nuts provide about 656 calories. Their high caloric content comes from their fats. However, the nuts are an especially excellent source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like palmitoleic acid (16:1) and oleic acid (18:1) that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet, which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
  3. The nuts are also a very good source of vitamin-E; contain about 7.87 mg per 100 g (about 52% of RDA). Vitamin-E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant. It is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  4. Brazil nuts contain exceptionally high levels of selenium. 100 g nuts provide about 1917 µg of selenium and 3485% of recommended daily intake making them as the highest natural source of this mineral. Selenium is an important cofactor for anti-oxidant enzyme glutathione-peroxidase. Just 1-2 nuts a day provides enough of this trace element. Adequate selenium foods in the diet help prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis, and cancers.
  5. Furthermore, like almonds and pine nuts, brazil nuts too are free from gluten and therefore, is one of the popular ingredients for the preparation of gluten-free food formulas. These formula preparations are, in fact, healthy alternatives in people with wheat food allergy and celiac disease.
  6. Additionally, these creamy nuts are an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin (51% of RDA per 100 g), riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates. Altogether, they work as co-factors for enzymes during cellular substrate metabolism inside the body.
  7. In addition to selenium, they contain very good levels of other minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. Copper helps prevent anemia and bone weakness (osteoporosis). Manganese is an all-important co-factor for antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Nutrition Facts

The table below shows the high level breakdown of nutritional elements in just 20g of Brazil Nuts:

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz

Amount Per Serving

Calories

131

Calories from Fat 111

% Daily Value*

Total Fat

13g

20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol

0mg

0%

Sodium

1mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate

2g

1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 0g

Protein

3g

Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3% · Iron 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Evidently, most of the calories (111 out of 131) are derived from the fat content. The good news is that the vast majority of that fat is of the GOOD variety! The chart below shows the proportion of good fats (green) in cashew in relation to bad fats (in red). Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.

The chart below shows good fats in Nuts, brazilnuts, dried, unblanched in relation to bad fats. Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.
Good Fat and Bad Fat comparison for 20 grams of Nuts, brazilnuts, dried, unblanched

Polyunsaturated Fats: Polyunsaturated fat can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish, algae, leafy greens, and krill. Whole food sources are always best, as processing and heating may damage polyunsaturated fats.

Monounsaturated Fats: Foods containing monounsaturated fats reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, while possibly increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. [“You Can Control Your Cholesterol: A Guide to Low-Cholesterol Living”. Merck & Co. Inc.].

Trans Fatty Acids: The National Academy of Sciences has concluded there is no safe level of trans fat consumption. This is because any incremental increase in trans fat intake increases the risk of coronary heart disease. [Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). National Academies Press. p. 504].

Saturated Fats: Consumption of saturated fat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in the view of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand and the World Heart Federation.

Vitamins and Minerals

As noted above, Brazil Nut Butter contains high concentrations of vital vitamins and minerals. See details below, along with the percentage of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of each, provided by just 20g of Brazil Nut Butter:

Vitamin Content

Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz
Amount RDI%
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin B6 0.0202 mg 1%
Vitamin B12 0 mcg 0%
Vitamin B12, Added 0 mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0.14 mg 0%
Vitamin D 0 IU 0%
Vitamin D2 ~
Vitamin D3 ~
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0 mcg 0%
Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol) 1.146 mg 6%
Vitamin E, Added 0 mg 0%
Vitamin K 0 mcg 0%
Thiamin 0.1234 mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.007 mg 0%
Niacin 0.059 mg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.0368 mg 0%
Folate 4.4 mcg 1%
Folate, Food 4.4 mcg 1%
Folate, DFE 4.4 mcg DFE 1%
Choline 5.76 mg ~
Betaine 0.08 mg ~
*Daily Value not established for starred items.
~Data not available for tilde (~) items.

Mineral Content

Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz
Amount RDI%
Calcium 32 mg 3%
Iron 0.486 mg 3%
Magnesium 75.2 mg 19%
Phosphorus 145 mg 14%
Potassium 131.8 mg 3%
Sodium 0.6 mg 0%
Zinc 0.812 mg 5%
Copper 0.3486 mg 17%
Manganese 0.2446 mg 12%
Selenium 383.4 mcg 548%
Fluoride ~
*Daily Value not established for starred items.
~Data not available for tilde (~) items.

Compared to Peanut Butter, Brazil Nut Butter contains more selenium, copper, phosphorus and thiamine but less protein.

Allergies

Nutural World Brazil Nut Butter is made in a peanut-free environment, and is thus is completely safe for those with peanut allergy. However, Nutural World produces other seed and nut based products, and while every effort is made to separate the production lines it cannot guarantee that the product is free of traces of other seeds and nuts.

Vegans and the Manufacturing Process

Nutural World Brazil Nut Butter is made of 100% Brazil nuts and is thus suitable for vegetarian and vegans. The nuts are lightly roasted to enhance their taste and bring out their delicate aroma. The milling process uses traditional stone based mills and not high speed rotating blades to generate the most uniform paste and keep the temperature during the milling process to the lowest possible. Since no emulsifier is added, it is quite normal for the oil in our products to separate to the top of the jar. Simply stir it back in. Once opened, storing the product in the refrigerator will slow down the separation process and the product will keep for up to three months.

Dieting, Weight Loss and Cashew Butter

It may come as a surprise, but Brazil Nut Butter is actually very ‘diet friendly’ for some types of diets. The table below shows how suitable is this food for each of the main dieting options:

Diet or Weight Loss Program Score out of 100
(higher is better)
Higher Fiber, Low Fat Diet (e.g. Weight Watchers) 70
Athletic Diet – Low Fat, High Protein and Carbs 0
Low Fat Diet (e.g. Jenny Craig) 0
Low Carb Diet (e.g. Atkins Diet) 87
Low Cholesterol Diet 0
Low Sodium Diet 100
87
Low Protein Diet 71

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Copyright notice: Some information and graphs are from SkipThePie.org (2013). Retrieved May 8, 2013 from http://skipthepie.org/nut-and-seed-products/nuts-brazilnuts-dried-unblanched/

Your Satisfaction

We aim to provide you with the best product and service – period. If you are not happy with either, for any reason, please let us know and we will do all we can to remedy the situation. Product can be returned up to two weeks after being received – even if opened and partially consumed for a full refund. Your statutory rights are not affected.

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Weight 170 g
Weight

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