Our fresh whole raw cashews (no salt added) are a healthy snack and great for cooking. Like all nuts, they are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and monosaturated (healthy) fat. These are large size ( 240) cashews which are impressive looking and taste great.
Scientifically named Anacardium Occidentale, the cashew has a rich history and has some surprising characteristics. It is a tropical plant whose relatives surprisingly include such disparate plants as poison ivy, pistachio, and mango. Today, they are harvested globally, anywhere you can find warm climates with higher humidity, such as India and Vietnam. Indeed, their common name originates from “Acaju”, from the Tupi-Indian language. (link)
Good Fatty Acids For Your Heart
It may surprise you that some fatty acids are great for your heart. Cashews are full of monounsaturated fats such as palmitoleic and oleic acids. These fatty acids are associated with healthier cholesterol levels - lower bad cholesterol and higher good cholesterol. As such, eating cashews could decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Huge Copper Content
A serving of cashews will almost completely take care of your daily need of copper. This is great, because most foods only contain trace amounts of this nutrient, and these are usually animal sources, so vegetarians should definitely keep cashews on the menu. Your body needs copper for various biological functions such as metabolism and healthy neuron functioning. If you don’t get enough copper, you may have decreased immune system functioning and a higher risk of various nervous system diseases.
Healthier Heavy Cream Alternative
Vegetarians and vegans have yet another reason to celebrate cashews - they make a delightfully rich and creamy substitute for heavy cream. Because of all those good fats, it’s quite easy for anyone to make by soaking raw cashews in water overnight, then blending in a food processor and adding water until you are left with a beautiful lower calorie cream. This can be used in many dishes, from the savory to the sweet!
Great Source of Protein
Protein provides the raw material to build muscle and other body tissues. As such, protein is a very important macronutrient, and cashews are a great way to add more to your diet. It’s also beneficial for those watching their weight, because protein is very effective at appetite suppression to keep you full between meals. You don’t need to eat meat to stay satisfied!
Balanced Macronutrient Profile
Compared to many nuts, cashews are fantastically well-balanced in terms of their fat, carbohydrate, and protein content. In every one ounce serving of cashews, you get 5 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat (mostly the healthy kind) with a total calorie count of 160. In comparison, macadamia nuts only have 2 grams of protein against a total of 200 total calories! Cashews are therefore one of the best nut choices for a diet that demands more protein and fewer calories.
Immune System Benefits
Copper isn’t the only essential metal that you find in cashews - they also contain a good amount of zinc! Zinc is a very important element to get in order to promote a healthy immune system, because it is essential in the production of cells that fight disease. They also help your body make antioxidant enzymes. Cashews may be even more important for men, due to their increased need for zinc.
Cell health benefits
Cashews are a fantastic source of antioxidants. These molecules help protect the cells in your body from damage resulting from oxidation. When consumed, they get distributed to your body’s cells, where they neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Cashews contain vitamin E and vitamin K, two important antioxidants!
Cashews may help you reduce your risk of developing painful gallstones! Nobody wants to experience the extreme pain of passing a gallstone. These are little balls of bilirubin or hardened cholesterol that must usually pass through the urethra. According to a very large study of women, eating cashews could reduce your chances of developing this condition by 25%!