I love nuts and cashews have always been one of my favorites. They are a super tasty and nutritious food. Cashews are indigenous to the Americas but are widely cultivated in India and Africa. They are a great on-the-go snack and can be used in a variety of different recipes. Cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts. That being said, the fat that is in cashews is unsaturated, the same heart-healthy fat that is found in olive oil (oleic acid). Oleic acid has been shown to promote good cardiovascular health, even in individuals with diabetes. Cashews are a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. Cashews are also rich in minerals that help to maintain healthy bone density. They are a very good source of copper which is a cofactor for enzymes necessary for proper bone metabolism. Cashews are also rich in phytosterols, phytonutrients that can help block cholesterol absorption and lower cholesterol levels in the body.
DID YOU KNOW:
– Cashews are a good source of sleep-promoting tryptophan.
– Adding cashews to salads and sauteed dishes is a great way to benefit from their nutrients.
– You can purchase organic cashew butter in stores for a delicious and nutritious spread. Just be sure you refrigerate it after opening.