Nuts about Brazils!

Since joining the European Union in 1973 the UK’s average selenium intake has dropped to about 30 micrograms, which is well below the recommended daily amount. Can you believe that a shift in politics could actually have such an impact on our health and wellbeing?

Prior to 1973 we bought most of our wheat products from Canada, where it happily grows in selenium rich soil. Due to EU trade treaties we now import most of our wheat from other European Countries know for their selenium poor soil, alongside the UK, Finland, New Zealand and parts of China.

Even knowing this, the British Government didn’t warn against selenium deficiency and didn’t enforce selenium to be added to fertiliser as Finland have successfully implemented.

Selenium may not be as familiar as other vitamins and minerals but that does not mean it is not as important. Deficiency can cause amongst other things, age spots, cataracts, heart disease, muscle inflammation, susceptibility to viruses and infections and cancerous changes. There has also been research carried out into its treatment for epilepsy and depression.

And yet it is so easy to avoid a deficiency, one of the richest sources of selenium is the humble brazil nut, just 2 a day provides just what you need to avoid deficiency. It is also found in fish and shellfish mainly.

Nuts are a great snack to have at any time of the day they are rich in energy, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega 3 oils.

What more could you ask for? Grab a bag of mixed nuts and get munching!