Cashews are Remarkably Good for You
The combination of Cashews and Caramel in our Zoot Natural Cashew & Caramel bar makes for a deliciously tasty treat – but do you know about the health giving aspects of the humble Cashew nut? No, didn’t think so!
This is quite a long post, so if you don’t have time to read it all, the main takeaway is that cashews are remarkably good for you, as well as being really tasty. Oh, and we’re also offering a 30% discount on our Cashew & Caramel bars. You can find the discount code at the bottom of the post.
Botanically speaking, Cashews are technically seeds as opposed to nuts. They’re the fruit of the tropical tree called Anacardium Occidentale that produces the bitter-tasting cashew apple. The cashew tree is now widely grown in tropical regions around the world, especially in parts of India, Nigeria, Vietnam, the Ivory Coast and Indonesia. The modern-day name Cashew derives from the Portuguese word for the fruit of the Cashew tree, caju, which translates in Portuguese to “nut that produces itself.”
Not only are cashews one of the best-tasting and most versatile nuts there is, but they also come loaded with health benefits. Cashews have been used in traditional medicine systems for centuries to heal various ailments, including poor heart health and diabetes. Plus, they might even be able to help you lose weight.
Cashew Nutrition Facts
Most of us know that nuts contain fat, but one of the key factors of cashew nutrition is their ‘healthy’ fat content. Cashews are primarily made up of unsaturated fats in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs that contain oleic acid) plus a smaller proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS mostly in the form of linoleic acid).
Because of the positive effects of these MUFAs and PUFAs on metabolism and other bioactive functions, many studies associate cashew consumption with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Fighting Heart Disease
Cashews can help lower LDL cholesterol (considered the dangerous kind) and improve HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). They contain special phytosterol compounds, which play an important structural role in cell membranes where they stabilise cells and interfere with cholesterol absorption. This is responsible for their cholesterol-lowering abilities and the reason cashews may be able to help prevent the formation of plaque within artery walls. Cashews are also associated with lowered triglyceride levels and reduced levels of inflammation, all of which help protect you from heart disease, heart attacks or stroke.
Some research has found that eating nuts weekly, including cashews, can help lower the risk for having gallstones.
Helping with Weight Loss or Maintenance
Nuts have a high total fat content, — cashews are made of approximately 46 percent fat — but they’re also very nutrient-dense and provide a lot of important minerals and fatty acids that support weight loss. Cashews can help you feel fuller after a meal, which is beneficial for curbing food cravings, overeating and unhealthy snacking. Fats in general make food more satisfying and increase nutrient absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin D.
Maintaining Bone Health
Cashew nutrition benefits include bone health improvement due to the presence of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with a low sodium intake. These are associated with protection against bone demineralization. Cashews’ bone-building benefits also come from their supply of Vitamin K.
Preventing Colon, Prostate and Liver Cancers
Regularly eating nuts, including cashews, is associated with a lower risk for certain common cancers, especially cancers that occur in the digestive tract, including liver and colon cancers.
Supporting Healthy Brain Function
The brain is made up of mostly fat and relies on a steady supply of healthy fatty acids within the diet. Nuts are one of the natural plant foods richest in fat and support cognitive function, healthy ageing and mood regulation.
Research also suggests that Cashews can lower the risk of Diabetes, help prevent migraines and maintain healthy skin.
So , while you may choose our Cashew & Caramel bars for their taste, or for their lack of added sugar, you can now rest assured that they are doing you a power of good as well.
If all this tasty goodness has your taste buds buzzing, then you’ll appreciate our 30% discount during February on Cashew & Caramel bars to support #SugarfreeFeb. Just enter the Discount Code HEALTHYCASHEWS at the checkout on www.zootfoods.com