Cashews nuts are kidney-shaped seeds observe to the bottom of the cashew apple that grows in the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil.
Maybe you have noticed that the cashews in the shell are not available on the market. That is because they are always sold pre-shelled because the interior of the shells contains a caustic resin that is known as cashew balm that needs to be removed very carefully before they are ready for consumption. The caustic resin is used in the industry to make insecticides and varnishes. The leading commercial producers of cashews today are Brazil, India, Tanzania, Mozambique and Nigeria.
Cashews are rich in copper, and also in magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese.
The cashews have a lower fat content than the other nuts, about 82% of the fat is unsaturated fatty acids, and around 66% of the unsaturated fatty acid content are those heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, very similar to those that you can find it in the olive oil. Some studies of patients with diabetes show that when the monounsaturated fat are added to a low-fat diet, that can help to reduce the high triglyceride levels. If you don’t know, triglycerides are a form in which fats are transported in the blood. High triglyceride levels are connected with an increased risk for some disease of the heart, so make sure to include some monounsaturated fats in your diet, maybe by eating cashews, especially if you have diabetes.
Destroy gram positive bacteria
One of the most amazing compounds in the cashew nuts are anacardic acids that kill gram positive bacteria that cause tooth decay, tuberculosis, acne, leprosy, Francisella tularensis, Streptococcus pneumoniae. 1 part anacardic acid dissolved to 200,000 parts water to as low as 1 part in 2,000,000 is absolutely lethal to Gram positive bacteria in just 15 minutes.
Help Prevent Callstones Twenty years of dietary documents collected from the Nurses’ Health Study on 80,000 women shows that they who eat minimum 1 ounce of cashew nuts every week have 25 percent lower risk of developing gallstones. 1 ounce of cashew nuts is just 28.6 nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter, and because it can prevent gallbladder disease, maybe it is great to eat cashews as an afternoon snack, or maybe tossing some cashews on your salad or oatmeal.
Including the nuts is your diet, lower the risk of weight gain
Because cashew nuts provide many cardio-protective benefits, many people avoid them because they fear of weight gain. But one study published in the journal Obesity shows that people who eat nuts minimum 2 a week has lower risk to gain weight than those people who never eat nuts.
One 28 month study that included 8,865 adult women and men in Spain discovered that those who ate nuts minimum 2 times per week, were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than those who never or rarely ate nuts. Among the study participants who gained weight, those who never or rarely ate nuts gained more weight than those who ate nuts minimum 2 times per week. T
he authors of the study concluded that frequent consumption of nuts was connected with a reduced risk of weight gain for 5 kg or more.
So, it is really important to consume nuts if you want to protect your heart and not to gain weight. So, try to include these nuts to your diet if you want to see the health benefits from the nuts.