Authentic Food of the Day: Cashews

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.


– 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.