Five Reasons to Choose Organic Cashews
If you follow the developing trends in the food world, you will see that a lot of people are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of an organic, whole food, and diverse diet. This is something that many are thankful for because it is a sign that the days of “extremes” are coming to an end, with people willingly dropping all of the carbohydrates or fat from their diets in order to enjoy “healthy eating”.
This has been something going on for far too long, and cutting out any major nutrients and food groups is the polar opposite of healthy eating. Rather, a truly health diet is one that is striving towards a balance of healthy foods from all of the various “groupings” and categories.
Naturally, it can be tough to accomplish the balancing act when you are faced with information overload. This is part of the appeal of the developing trends in whole and organic foods. Why? If you make an effort to purchase foods that are not processed and which are not loaded with added (and often unhealthy and unnecessary) ingredients, it does make life a lot easier.
When you take things one step further, and look for organic foods, you know that they have been produced outside of the usual “factory” route. This means no chemicals, small batches harvested when ripe, and much higher quality.
This alone is a reason to choose an organic and whole food diet, but there are many other benefits and reasons for it. Let’s use organic nuts as a good illustration for a whole food and organic way of life.
Five Reasons Organic Cashews Provide Healthy Eating
We already understand that organic and whole foods tend to be of a much higher quality. If your goal is healthy eating, you do have to give a lot of attention to the quality of the foods you purchase and eat. This is due to many things, but nutrient content is one of the most significant. (Sumner)
If we use organic cashews as an illustration of this, we’ll hit on five very significant issues or facts:
- When you find a good source of organic cashews, it is likely that they will have been produced in small batches and handled with utmost care;
- Organic cashews tend to come from smaller farms – and that means that they are not blended with nuts of lesser quality during the packaging process;
- Smaller batches can be hand sorted and roasted under ideal conditions;
- The taste of organic nuts will be far superior to nuts grown and harvested under factory farming conditions; and
- All of these previous issues contribute to the overall taste and nutrient quality of the cashews, with organic nuts always providing the best in nutrient density and healthy fats.
Now, let’s look at each of these points one by one in order to really understand how organic foods (and cashews in particular) should be on everyone’s lists of healthy foods to eat.
Because we are looking at organic cashews, we will consider our very own Caju Company and our line of organic cashews. We buy strictly from small farms in Vietnam. This is because we want consistency in taste (any food grown in a specific region will usually have a regional “flavor), but it is also because we need to be sure of the quality of every crop.
By nurturing the small farms, our firm is ensuring that we will provide their customers with healthy foods that have received human attention every step of the way.
No Blends and Hand Sorted
When you purchase a can of non-organic cashews from a grocery store shelf, it is going to have nuts from several areas of the world. They are not often “graded” for color, size, shape, etc. Instead, they are roasted with oil and salt to mask whatever natural flavors they have (good or bad) and tossed together in a mixture of poor to mid grade cashews.
This is done for a few reasons, and none of them relate to the satisfaction of the consumer. For instance, the factory farms that produce the cans of cashews found on store shelves will usually opt for lesser quality nuts and yet charge premium pricing. They import the nuts from anywhere in the world with little regard for what this might do to the nutrient qualities of the nuts, and their goal is to sell heavier cans at top prices.
When you choose organic cashews, such as our Caju cashews, you will enjoy only the true flavor of the highest quality, hand selected, organic nuts. Roasted in small batches on wood fires, our nuts are only lightly salted with natural sea salt to give a slight contrast to the natural sweetness of Vietnamese-grown cashews.
There are five very good reasons to choose organic cashews, not only are they packed with nutrients and healthy fats, but they will be far better in taste and quality.
Sumner, Jean. Nuts and Seeds, Organic VS. Non-Organic. World Wellness Education. 2013.