Since our childhood, we have been fond of these Cashew Nuts. While it leaves us with a sweet taste, there are many Myths around Kaju or Cashew being bad for your health.
LETS BREAK THEM TODAY….
Though compared to other nuts cashew’s nutritional benefits are lesser known to many of us.
Amongst all the nuts, Cashews are higher in carbohydrates but these nuts are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are required for proper functioning of the body, these kidney shaped nuts are extremely beneficial.
Consumption of cashews has been linked to cancer prevention, heart health, and weight maintenance.
They are wonderful source of healthy fats with MUFA & PUFA varieties. Being Modest source of Protein as well they are often included by vegetarians
As per a research , Cashew nuts contain high MUFA that is beneficial for decreasing the blood glucose level and increase insulin production. Thus, diabetes can be managed by cashew pieces.
Other nutritional benefits include Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B6 .
Nutrients per Serving
A one-ounce serving = 28grams of cashews contains:
- Calories: 165
- Protein : Less than 1 gram
- Fat: 14 grams
Health benefits of CASHEWS
- Strong bones
- Heart healthy
- Glowing skin
- Prevent from cancer
- Sharp mind
- Hair growth
- Strong gums
- Reduces cholesterol
- Boosts immune system
- Helps to lower the risk of formation of gallstones
- Promotes formation of RBC’s
Cashews make a great replacement for animal fats and proteins, and their delicious flavor makes them a satisfying snack.
- Need to be taken in moderation as they are high in calories.
- If you are allergic do avoid them.as they contain potent allergens that can lead to reactions, including life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
- Depending on the brand, salted and roasted cashews can contain high levels of salt and fat, which may not be healthful. It is best to check the label first and consume these nuts in small quantities.
- Truly raw cashews are not safe to eat, as they contain a substance known as urushiol, found in poison ivy. Urushiol is toxic, and contact with it can trigger a skin reaction in some people. Hence , try to include the roasted versions only
How to store them?
- Avoid storing in warm or heated places
- Keep into airtight containers to avoid getting rancid.
Overall, it is better to eat a diet that has lot of variety than only focusing on one foods itself.