Cashew nut is very popular, you can find a jar full of it in every Indian home. You can eat it raw or roast it to make a healthy snack for your tea time. It is used in many vegan recipes, crushed for garnishing sweets or curries or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter.
Cashew is originated from Brazil and introduced to India by traders. Now, states like Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka Have higher production of cashews. It is available all over the year. It has a great shelf-life if you store it properly.
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In Goa, the cashew apple is mashed and the juice extracted and kept for fermentation for a few days. Fermented juice then undergoes a double distillation process. The resulting beverage is called feni or fenny. Feni is about 40–42% alcohol. The single-distilled version is called urrac, which is about 15% alcohol.
Copper is the most abundant mineral found in cashew nuts which is important for the production of hemoglobin, collagen, and the protection of nerve fibers. They also contain other minerals like manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, and a rich source of thiamin, vitamin B6 and vitamin K, Zinc and Iron.
In a 100-gram serving, raw cashews provide 553 Calories, 67% of the Daily Value (DV) in total fats, 36% DV of protein, 13% DV of dietary fiber and 11% DV of carbohydrates.
Health Benefits of cashews are following:
Some research has shown Migraine patients have low Magnesium levels during a migraine attack. Magnesium is needed for proper nerve function hence it is thought that Magnesium deficiency and migraines may be related and which makes it an important vitamin for a migraine aura and a natural remedy for migraines.The magnesium in cashews can help relax the blood vessels, which can prevent headaches and migraines.
Helps In Weight Loss:
Although cashews are not miracle weight loss foods, they sure can be a part of a low-calorie weight loss diet. Their addition can make your meal more satisfying and prevent you from binging because they are a rich source of monounsaturated fats – the type of fat that is known to aid weight loss. They are a good source of protein too – and consuming protein can induce a feeling of fullness.
Boosts Vision Health:
Cashews are rich sources of powerful antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin which are beneficial to the human eyes. These antioxidants readily and directly absorbed by our retina then forms a protective layer over our retina which prevents the harmful UV rays. They protect the eyes from light damage and can prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Promote Blood Health:
The copper and iron in cashews help to produce and maintain red blood cells. This improves blood health and also boosts immunity. The iron in cashew nuts can also help prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
Improve Digestive Health:
The antioxidants in cashews protect the inner lining of the stomach, and this boosts digestive health. Research has found that intake of cashews can reduce stomach damage due to alcohol.
Enhance Skin Health:
Cashew nut oil, which is derived from the nuts, can help to treat acne and boost skin health. It contains selenium, zinc, iron, and magnesium – all of which boost skin health and can even prevent skin cancer.
The selenium and zinc in cashews also help eliminate acne, reduce scars and promote wound healing. Vitamin E helps to reduce skin inflammation and hydrates the skin. The healthy fats in cashews can soothe the inflammation and even unclog pores.
The copper in cashews initiates the production of melanin which enhances hair color and makes your hair smooth and silky. It contains linoleic and oleic acids, which boost hair strength as well. Even applying cashew nut oil to your hair can help.
Source of Dietary Fibres:
The two essential dietary fibers required by our body are oleic acid and palmitic acid and cashew nuts have a great percentage of dietary fibers. Dietary fibers help digest food better, however, excessive consumption may cause bloating and significant intestinal gas production. Consumption of nuts like cashews has been related to decreased incidences of several digestive diseases.
Nuts are naturally cholesterol free and good source of healthy fats. Research shows that eating more nuts, such as cashews, can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease by reducing blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels. They also contain arginine, which protects the inner lining of artery walls. Other vitamins and minerals in nuts, like potassium, vitamins E and B6, and folic acid, also help to fight heart disease.
Prevents Blood Disease:
Cashew nuts are rich in copper, which plays an important role in the elimination of free radicals from the body. Copper deficiency can lead to iron deficiencies such as anemia. Hence our diet should contain recommended quantity of copper. Cashew nuts are a good source of it.
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For some 6% of people, cashews can lead to complications or allergic reactions which may be life-threatening. These allergies are triggered by the proteins found in tree nuts, and cooking often does not remove or change these proteins.
Now you know cashews are a versatile and healthy food packed with the vitamins and nutrients essential for good health. so what are you waiting for? grab some cashews and enjoy.
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