Maple Cinnamon Brazil Nuts is one of our original flavors that surprisingly quickly became popular. If you're like most of us, when a can of mixed nuts comes out, you leave the Brazil nuts for someone else to eat. If that's you, you're missing out on some profound health benefits! Just one Brazil nut a day contains enough selenium to support healthy thyroid function...and so much more!

I'm one of you – not a fan of Brazil nuts. The texture is mealy and the taste leaves nothing to be desired. However, I was in nutrition school when I learned about Brazil nuts' nutritional superpowers. Solely for their health benefits, I started choking down one raw Brazil nut a day to get my selenium. When I started Gather Nuts, I had no desire to soak and slow roast Brazil nuts. Then I realized I could either create a Brazil nut I would eat, or I would eventually stop eating them and miss out on its amazing array of health benefits. So I did it. I created a Gather Nuts version. I now eat them with joy every day and rarely do I st eat one because they taste so dang good.

Brazil nuts are well-known for their ability to bolster thyroid health due to their high selenium content. Selenium is a trace mineral that supports several metabolic processes. Just one Brazil nut contains more selenium than your recommended daily need for thyroid health. But selenium does so much more! It can reduce the risk of brain diseases and improve cognition and mental performance. It can increase good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol, and it's high in antioxidants which reduce inflammation. Whoa, all that from a little trace mineral!

Eventually, I embraced the magic of Brazil nuts. Soon you will too! You'll feel the elation of finally never having to consider eating a Brazil nut from a can. You'll revel in the daily ritual of eating just one Brazil nut to power up your brain, lower your cholesterol, and flood your body with antioxidants and selenium. But wait, you're asking, go back to the taste? They taste amazing! Why? Because one, we hand-cut every single one of them. Yep, you read that right. It makes the nut more palatable and provides more surface area for the flavoring. We finish them off with the power of cinnamon, known to lower blood sugar, ginger which helps improve digestion, and a smattering of maple syrup to allow the flavors to pop.

Now for the bad news, you can eat too many Brazil Nuts. Well, dang. Because Brazil nuts are so high in selenium, you can get too much if you eat handfuls every day. Moderation is key to most all things, but in this case it really is necessary.

April 19, 2022 — Shanna Koenig Camuso