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Cashew Nuts and its Health benefits


Cashews have a sweet aroma and a delicious taste. 
They are delightfully crunchy yet have a buttery texture.

This explains why these crescent-shaped Nuts are found in so many exotic cuisines around the world. They add flavor, texture and nutrition to stir-fries, salads and curries. 
Cashews have become the third most consumed nut in the world.

4 Health Benefits of Cashews

1. Helps as an Anti-diabetic
Cashew extract has been found to be effective as an anti-diabetic according to a study at 
the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun). Diabetes affects almost 220 million people in the world and has been found to provoke heart and kidney problems.

2. Nutrients in Cashews Assist Memory
Cashews are particularly high in the nutrient PS (Phosphatidylserine), which studies have shown to help with memory. In fact they have the highest amount of PS of any nut.

3. Good for Heart Health
Cashes have a lower fat content than other nuts. Almost half of the fat in cashews is the 
heart-healthy kind which can reduce the Risk of Heart Disease. Cashews are high in oleic acid which is the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. 
Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health. Cashews are also cholesterol free.
Five large studies examined the relation between Nut Consumption (cashews included) and the risk of CHD (coronary heart disease). The results showed that nut consumption was 
associated with a positive reduction in CHD risk. Researchers say that this is strong scientific evidence that regular nut consumption is helpful for a healthy and balanced diet. In another study they found consuming nuts (including cashews) lessened the risk of 
cardiovascular disease in U.S. adults.

 People with type 2 diabetes have a 2-4 times higher risk of heart disease. A study found that consumption of nuts helped those with type 2 diabetes lower their risk of coronary heart disease.

4. Cancer Chemoprevention With Nuts
There have been many studies highlighted in the Oxford Journals about nuts and cancer prevention. The researchers summarized by stating that an increase of nut consumption is associated with a lower cancer occurrence and suggest that nut consumption could be an effective approach to prevent cancer.

Caution: a Cashew Nut Allergy can be highly potent.
Allergic symptoms range from simple skin itching (hives) to potentially severe and 
even life-threatening (anaphylaxis). Other symptoms include breathing 
difficulty, pain abdomen, vomiting and diarrhea.

Cashew Nutrition
Cashews are lower in calories and in fat compared to most other nuts! They have more 
protein than most other nuts and much more phosphodiesterase, which is, as already mentioned, helpful for the memory. They are a good source of healthy fats, 
protein, iron and rich in B vitamins.

Nutrient Cashew Database by USDA: 1/4 cup of cashews has approximately 
196 calories, 5g of protein, 2mg Iron, 750mg copper (84% DV), 89mg

Don't Be Scared of Weight Gain!
Surprisingly, it was found that adults who included nuts into their diets did not have to 
limit their consumption, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. There were 31 studies about people adding nuts to their diets by replacing other foods with nuts. These people lost an average of 1.4 pounds and reduced their waist sizes by more than half an inch. It was also important that they replaced other foods and did not just add a lot more nuts.

Roasting cashews creates higher levels of nutrients than eating them raw.
The antioxidants in cashews are increased as the roasting temperature increased.
So let's enjoy eating cashews!

 Grab the occasional tasty handful or add them to your meals. What is your favorite recipe with cashews?

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