High in monounsaturated fats, cashews help protect the heart, and contain a range of minerals for strong bones, improved immunity, and increased energy levels. 

Cashews are considerably lower in total fat than all other nuts and could be useful as a dieter’s snack. Much of this fat is monounsaturated oleic acid (the type found in olive oil), which has health benefits, including protection from heart and arterial disease. Cashews are also rich in important minerals, including magnesium for strong bones and heart health, immune-boosting zinc, and iron for healthy blood and energy. Like other nuts, cashews are linked with protection from cardiovascular disease. People who regularly eat nuts are less likely to die from these diseases than people who never eat nuts. Regularly eating nuts is linked with considerably lower risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases. Good source of monounsaturated fats linked to protection from disease. A good source of B vitamins for brain power and energy. Rich in zinc to boost the immune system.

Practical tips:

You can use cashews to make cashew nut butter at home just as you would peanuts. Buy whole, shelled cashews and store in the refrigerator. Combine cashews with dried apricots for a healthy mineral-rich snack. Add a handful of cashews to a vegetable stirfry for a healthy meal.

Commercially roasted cashews will have lost the benefit of their unsaturated oils, which are oxidized at high temperatures, but you can roast raw cashews at home in a low-heated oven for 20 minutes.

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