Friday, 30 April 2010

Health Benefits Of Cashew Nuts

Cashew is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. The casher tree is related to poison ivy and the shell of the cashew nuts contains an irritating poison. People who touch the shell sometimes develop skin rashes/blisters; this is the reason why cashew nuts are always sold shelled and dried. Even the so-called "raw" cashews have actually been roasted to remove all the poison/toxic resin from the nuts. Cashew nuts has a high content of monounsaturated fats, copper and magnesium
Nutritional Content: Per 100 gms.
• Thiamine: .63 mg.
• Riboflavin: .19 mg.
• Niacin: 2.1 mg.
• Calcium: 46 mg.
• Phosphorus: 428 mg.
• Fat: 48.2 gm.
• Carbohydrates: 27 gm.
• Protein: 18.5 gm.
• Calories: 578
Health Benefits

• Good body builder
• Cashew has no cholesterol.
• Cashew helps maintain healthy gums and teeth.
• Cashew is an energizing food.
• Cashew contains healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health, because monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease.
• Cashew is rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer.

• Magnesium works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women.
• Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber, both have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management, but only when eaten in moderation
• Cashew's has high copper content is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.
• Cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron, eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue, and produce the skin and hair pigment melanin.
Storage tips: Cashews spoil quickly at room temperature and should be refrigerated. If refrigerated in a tightly sealed container, they will keep for six months or up to a year if frozen.


CherylK said...

Hi there...I followed your link from Hilary's blog. I love cashews but didn't know any of this information. I like them even better now that I know how good they are for me! The photos are terrific...what a strange looking shell!

Herrad said...

Hi Cherylk,
I love cashews too and was also pleased when I read how good they were.
Nice to meet you hope to see you again.

Rhapsody B. said...

Blessikngs my friend. Great information, enjoyed reading it. Hope all is well in your world.

Take care, my regards to Richie

Anonymous said...

I once grew a cashew tree when I was young and lived in Guyana; the tree produced a single fruit with a seed as large as an avacado's, and a nut at the bottom on the outside of the fruit which was a favorite for kids. The fruit itself is very juicy and has an apple like texture; anyhow I was delighted to see your pictures which confirms my experience as I was able to show and relate my story to my spouse who has never seen this tree and strange fruit. Thanks for your post, and detail information as I never knew of the toxicity in the skin around the nut.

jkmpic said...

We are looking for some open polinated fresh Cashew seeds for our medicinal garden at Kashmir. Can anybody send us it as donation of seed.

Head, Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre
POB: 667 GPO Srinagar SGR JK 190001
(Via New Delhi-India)
Ph: +91-1933-223705

aj said...

Cashew is grown in Kerala state and you can get the required seeds from the Spices Authority/Cashew Board, headquartered in Kerala.
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