Caju Cashews Supergood Superfood

It is time you added more cashews to your diet. Premium cashews and other organic nuts make the perfect healthy snack whether you are on the go or want to supplement a home-cooked meal with a boost of flavor and nutrients. Nuts are a superfood in every sense of the word. They are arguably the best source of protein and healthy fats on the planet, with cashews topping the charts as one of the most nutritious of them all. 

Cashews are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals like pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin c, vitamin b12, and vitamin b 17.  The best part is, cashews are such a versatile nut, that you can easily add them to almost any part of your daily diet; Garnish a salad, throw them in a soup, create delicious trail mix, roast them, or simply salt and eat them raw as a snack between meals.

So why cashews?  The following are a few of the top reasons experts agree on why cashews are the go-to nut besides their delicious flavor.

Increased Cardiovascular Health

In general, cashews tend to have a lower fat content than other nuts.   Of the fat they do have, about 75% consists of the monounsaturated fat called oleic acid.  Oleic acid is commonly found in olives and nuts, and has been used since ancient times in many therapies and remedies.  Today, it is understood to lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure, and even provide a source of good cholesterol and antioxidants.[1]

In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers also found strong links between the consumption of nuts and lower risk of coronary heart disease.  Evidence from four different studies suggests that subjects consuming nuts at least 4 times a week, showed a 37% reduced risk of coronary heart disease compared to people who rarely ate nuts.[2]

Weight Maintenance

Cashews are a fantastic way to lose or maintain weight.  The secret of cashews, is that their high levels of protein and fiber make them a highly satiable food.  In other words, people who snack on high protein and high fiber foods (like cashews), tend to stay full longer, and end up consuming less calories throughout the day.

Many people may also be concerned about the high amount of calories within cashews.  However, many studies, like one done in 2007 by the University of Navarra in Spain, have found participants consuming nuts twice a week had a reduced risk of gaining weight.[3] Though, it is important to keep in mind, as with all nuts and healthy fats, consumption in moderation will lead to much greater overall health.

High Levels of Antioxidants

Cashews, like many recently promoted “super foods” such as chia seeds, flax seeds, and goji berries, are praised for having high levels of antioxidants.  Antioxidants protect cells from harmful bi-products of regular activity called free radicals.  Free radicals are produced through normal physical activity, and can get to much higher levels from negative habits like smoking.  Antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, prevent and reduce the negative effects of the free radicals in the body, and are therefore essential for good health.[4]

In a Nutshell

Consumption of cashews can improve health, aid with weight-loss, and protect the growth and development of your body.  All you need is a handful a day to change your eating habits and lifestyle for the better.  With hundreds of recipes and brands out there, it is important to find the most natural and pure cashews if you are seriously considering using them to their highest potential.  Mass-produced nuts tend to be cooked in hydrogenated oils which can actually destroy their nutrients and health benefits.[5]  Instead of buying store-brand cashews, look for some at your local farmer’s market or feel free to learn more about our natural, handpicked, and imported Caju cashews at cajuco.com/our-story/.