What are cashews, anyway?
This particular nut, a super nut to be precise, belongs to Anacardiaceae family along with mangoes and pistachios. Originally harvested in the coasts of north-eastern Brazil, these are now cultivated any place with a tropical climate; in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Let’s talk nutrition
Cashews, in addition to protein, are abundant with minerals like copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. As for vitamins, they are a rich source of Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6, E, and K. Sodium can also be found in traces. Cashews supply oleic acid, monounsaturated fats and low amounts of polyunsaturated fats with no ‘bad’ cholesterol.
A little into the details, please?
1 Prevents Heart Disease
Cashews provide healthy dietary fats that help our body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and vitamin K and produce fatty acids that help in the development of the brain and blood clotting. The ‘healthy’ fats in question are MUFA and PUFA which help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol. MUFA is monounsaturated fats and PUFA is polyunsaturated fats, they are healthy for the heart if consumed in appropriate amounts.