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Naturally radioactive: Why you don’t want to overdose on Brazil nuts

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Unsaturated fats, plenty of protein and an excess of selenium for cell renewal – there are plenty of reasons to recommend eating Brazil nuts, which are often included in trail mix and other selections of nuts. However consumer protection experts say there can indeed be too much of a good thing when it comes to Brazil nuts, not least because they’re naturally radioactive. While most food is thought to have an extremely low level of radioactivity in it, the levels in Brazil nuts are high enough to cause illness if eaten in excess. “They can have around 1,000 times higher radium content than the …

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