Cashews have been enjoyed for thousands of years for their rich nutty flavor and ease of storage. Consumed raw, roasted, or salted, cashews are incredibly popular because they’re not only highly nutritious but also their slightly sweet flavor, satisfying crunch, and buttery texture pairs well with a variety of flavors and dishes.
Like most nuts, cashews help improve your overall health and have been linked to many benefits like weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and a healthier heart.
1. MAY HELP YOUR HEALTH
Cashews are low in sugar and rich in fiber, heart-healthy fats, and plant protein. They’re also a good source of copper, magnesium, and manganese — nutrients important for energy production, brain health, immunity, and bone health. 28g of unroasted, unsalted cashews contains 157 calories.
2. MAY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Nuts are rich in calories and fat. This is why, people wishing to lose weight have traditionally been advised to limit the amount of nuts in their diet. However, their rich fiber and protein content can help reduce hunger and increase feeling full. Put together, all of these factors may help you lose excess weight.
3. MAY IMPROVE YOUR HEART
Nut-rich diets are consistently shown to be beneficial to heart health. Cashews appear to offer some benefits to lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol. However, more studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.4.CAN
4. HELP PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
Adding cashews to their diet can be really helpful. Cashews help lower LDL cholesterol levels. In addition, the fiber-rich nut helps prevent blood sugar spikes by releasing glucose more slowly and steadily into the bloodstream. Keeping insulin levels down helps with blood sugar management.
HOW TO ADD CASHEWS TO YOUR DIET
- SNACK: Soak them overnight with almonds and raisins and enjoy them next day as a breakfast or as a healthy snack.
- BREAKFAST: Prepare tasty energy balls combining cashews, pitted dates and desiccated coconut.
- SALAD: Top your favorite salads with cashews
- DISHES: Especially with rice and/or chicken and soy sauce.