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Five Reasons to Choose Organic Cashews

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Smaller batches can be hand sorted and roasted under ideal conditions;
  4. The taste of organic nuts will be far superior to nuts grown and harvested under factory farming conditions; and
  5. 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.

Small Batches

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.

Works Cited

Sumner, Jean. Nuts and Seeds, Organic VS. Non-Organic. World Wellness Education. 2013.

Organic Cashews are a Good Source of Healthy Fat

 

Organic Cashews are a Good Source of Healthy Fat

Fat…though it has three letters, it is often ranked as one of the top “four letter words” of the dietary world. This is a bit unusual when you stop to consider that fat is a “macronutrient” or something that our body needs a large amount of in order to function properly.

You  may not realize it, but your body uses fat to form hormones, as a source of energy, as a way to store energy, for the fatty acids needed for cellular health, for brain function, and for the maintenance of skin and cells. So, you do need fat – and a lot of it. That is why it is a “macro” nutrient considered to be an essential part of healthy eating.

However, it all boils down to the kinds of fats we eat that determines whether or not fat is a good word or a bad one.

Understanding Fat

When we talk about dietary fat, we can mean saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fats (let’s not even consider trans fats as they are just to be avoided outright). These are the types that appear in our food, and while some of them are horrible, some are an essential part of healthy eating.

Take organic nuts such as cashews as a prime example. As soon as you tell people you want to grab a handful of them as a snack, most will try to warn you off and suggest other, more “healthy foods”. They might do this because they believe cashews to have a lot of fat. However, your decision was the right one. This is because the fat in cashews is considered to be one of the healthiest.

In fact, dietary experts often call cashews the low fat nut because they have one of the overall lowest fat counts of many common snacking nuts – such as almonds and walnuts.

Here’s what we mean: Cashews “have a relatively high fat content…but it is considered ‘good fat’. This is due to the agreeable fat ratio in the nut…which scientists say is the ideal ratio for optimal health.” (Meyers)

We cannot overlook the fact that they are packed with the best fatty acids, meaning that they provide the body with the materials needed to cut the risks of heart disease. They also have zero cholesterol, further enhancing their disease fighting benefits.

So, in terms of healthy eating  and dietary fat – cashews are an all-around super food. Of course, you have to give a lot of attention to your source for cashews if you want them to remain on the list of optimally healthy foods.

The Source Matters

When you pick up that can of cashews on the grocery shelf, you should know a few major points about them:

  • It is unlikely that they came from one country and more likely to have come from three or four factory farms on different continents;
  • They probably have been coated in additional oil before roasting and then doused in salt to “enhance” flavor;
  • Roasting was probably done at a high heat that burned fossil fuels and which reduced the taste and nutrient qualities of the nuts; and
  • They were probably not “sized” and are sold instead by weight rather than quality.

What these points reveal is the simple fact that you may be reducing the overall nutritional value of your diet by opting to eat lower quality cashews. If you want them to be among the healthy foods to eat, you have to consider the source and how the nuts have been grown and handled by the distributor.

Why it Matters

We just learned that purchasing cashews from grocery store shelves may mean getting some of the lowest quality nuts available. They might be high in fat because of the way they were roasted, and their nutrient values may be decreased by the many things done since the nuts were harvested.

Additionally, when cashews are factory grown, they can be exposed to everything from pesticides to the introduction of GMO materials. This too can negatively impact their nutritional value and health benefits.

The answer to all of this is simple – find a source of organic cashews that purchases directly from non-factory farms. Find a source that does not alter the nuts by adding ingredients. A good choice is our Caju cashews. At our company we work directly with Vietnamese farmers who tend small farms and who maintain their crops to the utmost quality.

We then sort and roast the nuts in small batches. Relying on wood fired ovens, we use only a small amount of natural sea salt to enhance the sweet and delicious flavors of every batch.

When you are in need of a healthy source of dietary fats, turn to organic nuts. Look for companies offering products such as the cashews we provide here at Caju. We strive to preserve the flavor and the nutrients of the nuts and allow you to enjoy access to health foods to eat every day.

Works Cited

Meyers, Ruth. What are the health benefits of Cashews? Organic Cashew Nuts. 2013.

Size Matters With High Quality Nuts

Here at Caju Company we took a random sampling of our cashews, along with three of our competitors’, to highlight the distinctive characteristics that give our product the edge in quality and taste. This is what we found.

SIZE MATTERS

When it comes to premium, high quality nuts, size matters. Above, you can see the wholesome and hearty Caju Company cashews on the right and a competitor’s on the left. As we recall, the healthiest and tastiest cashews are nationally graded on a scale of X amount of kernels per kg.

Now, again, look closely at the photo. Can you see the excess of salt on the left grouping of cashew kernels? Properly seasoned cashews will not shimmer with salt. Not only does this mask the flavor of the cashews, but also it is a sign of mass production not being able to maintain quality seasoning.

The Caju Company nuts have also been seasoned with salt, but have been done so lightly and with much more care. With the right amount, sea-salt should actually enhance the flavor of the nut, rather than become the flavor. Caju Company’s lower sodium levels also make them a much healthier choice than the competing nuts.

The larger the nuts, the more flavor and nutritional value.

The larger the nuts, the more flavor, and the more nutritional value.

WE DEMAND WHOLE NUTS

Check this out. In order to fill containers and meet demand, other nut companies will sneak in halves, pieces, and broken cashews (as seen above). Maybe they were overcooked, poorly picked, or at the bottom of the pile, but the fact is, these are recycled parts of the nut.

Caju Company hopes to be a leader in industry standards by maintaining a premium, quality and delicious product. To offer halves and parts of cashews in our containers, would be like offering one shoe when we are promising a pair in your shoe-box. These cashews are hand-picked and hand-roasted by our friends and family in Vietnam. We are taking the next steps in quality assurance to deliver only the best nuts to our consumers.

Consumers don't want cashew scraps, they want the whole thing!

Consumers don’t want cashew scraps, they want the whole thing!

Pure Gold

Golden brown. Beautiful isn’t it? Oven-roasted and delicious. Large, whole, not sparkling with sodium. Perfect. The Caju Company cashews have a distinct coloring due to the way they were handled throughout the harvesting, roasting, and packaging process.

The best cashews are a dark golden brown.  Can you guess which are ours?

The best cashews are a dark golden brown. Can you guess which are ours?

Why do they look so different from the other nuts?
Oven-roasted with no oil. Other nut companies use oil and additives to cook all of their nuts. This destroys the natural and gorgeous coloring of the product. Rather than a golden brown, many cashews will turn a pale whitish yellow.

Why does the color even matter?
No oil in our cashews means a SIGNIFICANTLY healthier product.

No oil in our cashews also means a SIGNIFICANTLY tastier product. The oil on the other nuts softens them, and becomes the flavor. Caju Company nuts get their flavor from the fire in the oven, which enhances the natural flavor in the nut.

The easiest way to tell if you are eating a Caju Company brand cashew, is to check for the crunch. The crunch in our cashews is unique and will get your taste-buds addicted after their first handful!

The Winner

What is the consensus? What should you take away from this blog post?

Without even tasting the Caju Company cashews, you can see their superiority over other well-known brands. We are quickly growing, and looking to get our products in local stores near you! So be on the lookout, and keep in mind the following points.

Caju Company

  • No oil used in cooking
  • Whole pieces rather than recycled parts of the cashews
  • Larger than other brands
  • Unique crunch from the oven-roasting process
  • Hand-picked and quality assured