8. Cashew Nuts
Cashew nuts aren’t actually nuts; they’re kidney-shaped seeds that stick to the bottom of cashew apples, the fruit that comes from a cashew tree. They are a white and cream color with a delicate texture. Cashew nuts have a sweet and crunchy taste.
They’re an excellent source of copper, zinc, biotin, potassium, folate, protein, magnesium as well as vitamins A, K, and E. They have a low sodium content and a high concentration of fiber and oleic acid. Also, they’re a good source of the healthy fat, monosaturated fats.
The nutrients in cashew nuts provide energy, lower cholesterol, manage Type 2 diabetes and reduce the symptoms associated with PMS. Over and above these benefits, they improve cardiovascular health maintain healthy hair, skin, and eyes.
Although cashews are high in fat, it’s the good kind, which means they assist with weight loss. Studies show that people who eat nuts twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those who don’t.
Treating yourself to a handful of cashew nuts has the same effect as taking prescribed anti-depressants. This is because of the amino acid L-tryptophan, which is broken down into serotonin and niacin, two compounds that help with anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. However, if you plan to stop any prescribed medication it is essential you consult with your doctor. As wonderful as nuts are they might not play the same role as your medicine.
Eat a small handful of cashews every day, preferably the raw ones. Add them to any sweet or savory dishes, as well as smoothies and baked goods. Even though they’re healthy and contain the good kind of fats, it’s best to not over-indulge.
Recent studies show that certain nuts can prevent cancer but it is best for cancer patients to avoid cashew nuts because of potential levels of fungus.