Although cashews are one of the lowest-fibre nuts, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These include vitamins E, K, and B6, along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium, all of which are important for maintaining good bodily function.
Cashew nuts are more accurately described as a seed. They are a light coloured kidney shaped nut and have a wide variety of uses. They are actually the seed of a tropical tree called Anacardium occidentale . The seed (cashew nut) is on the end of the fruit which is bitter tasting and called a cashew apple.
One of the key factors of cashews nutrition is their healthy fat content. Cashews are primarily made up of unsaturated fats in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs that contain oleic acid) plus a smaller proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS mostly in the form of linoleic acid). Roughly 62 percent of the cashew’s fats are monounsaturated fat, 18 percent polyunsaturated fats and the rest a mix of saturated fats. Because of the positive effects of MUFAs and PUFAs on metabolism and other bioactive functions Cashew nuts are beneficial to good health.
Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts
• Helps prevent coronary heart disease • Helps prevent cancer • Helps prevent diabetes • Promotes obesity • Promotes healthy Bones • Promotes anti-oxidants • Helps Digestion • Promotes macular degeneration
They are very versatile and can be used in many different recipes from cakes, deserts to curries.
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