Cashews are crescent-shaped nuts, although technically drupes, with a sweet flavour and native to Brazil. Cashews require a hot, humid climate to flourish, which is why India, Brazil, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Nigeria are the largest raw cashew producers.
Cashew plants do not begin to bear nuts for three to five years, and then another eight to ten weeks is needed to develop them to full maturity. It is important that the outer layer of cashews is removed carefully as this is toxic.
- High in protein which is great for everyone including vegans and non-dairy consumers as this helps the growth and repair of muscles as well as reduce coronary heart disease. (1)
- Have a low sodium content and high in calcium, magnesium and potassium which helps to provide bone strength, reduce bone demineralisation and cardiovascular risks. (2)
- A great source of fibre which helps to clean the digestive tract. (3)
- Good levels of which works with iron to increase the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. (4)
- Cashews contain antioxidants which inhibit the ability of the formation of cancerous cells. (5)
- Cashews contain no cholesterol and actually help to lower cholesterol due to the presence of phytosterol. (6)
- Low in saturated fats and high in beneficial unsaturated fats such as oleic acid which helps with the breakdown of bad cholesterol (LDLs) and increase the metabolic rate. (7)
- Nuts (excluding peanuts, which are legumes) improves insulin sensitivity and blood lipids which promotes weight loss and reduces the risk of type two diabetes. (8)
Cashew Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, raw
|Calories from Fat||367|
|Total Fat||44 g||67%|
|Saturated Fat||8 g||39%|
|Total Carbohydrates||33 g||11%|
|Dietary Fibre||3 g||13%|
|Vitamin A 0%||Vitamin C||1%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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