Cashew Nutrition Facts and Benefits

Overview

Cashew’s scientific name, Anacardium occidentale, refers to the tropical evergreen tree with unique heart-shaped, edible nuts. Originally native to Brazil, it has flourished and are being cultivated across the world in places such as Vietnam, India, and Nigeria. Below are a list of cashew nutrition facts and benefits that allow this fruit to be deemed a “super-nut.”

Cashews have been shown to decrease cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Recent clinical trials have shown them to be effective against diabetes for those who have or may be at risk.

Vitamins

Cashews are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1).
Beyond various beneficial aspects of these vitamins, they are essential for metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrates at cellular levels.

Minerals

Cashews are very rich in essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. A snack of a handful of cashew nuts a day in your diet would provide enough of these minerals and prevent deficiency diseases.

Cashew nut (Anacardium occidentale)
Nutrition value per 100 g.(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 553 Kcal 28%
Carbohydrates 30.19 g 23%
Protein 18.22 g 32.5%
Total Fat 43.85 g 146%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
DietaryFiber 3.3 g 8.5%
Vitamins
Folates 25 µg 6%
Niacin 1.062 mg 6.5%
Pantothenic acid 0.864 mg 17%
Pyridoxine 0.417 mg 32%
Riboflavin 0.058 mg 4.5%
Thiamin 0.423 mg 35%
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin C 0.5 mg 1%
Vitamin E 5.31 mg 35%
Vitamin K 4.1 µg 3%
Electrolytes
Sodium 12 mg 1%
Potassium 660 mg 14%
Minerals
Calcium 37 mg 4%
Copper 2.195 mg 244%
Iron 6.68 mg 83.5%
Magnesium 292 mg 73%
Manganese 1.655 mg 72%
Phosphorus 593 mg 85%
Selenium 19.9 µg 36%
Zinc 5.78 mg 52.5%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-β 0 µg
Crypto-xanthin-β 0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 22 µg