Learn About Cashews
Cashews come from a fruit-bearing cashew tree scientifically known as Anacardium Accidentale. The trees produce both a cashew apple and a cashew seed and are formerly native to Brazil. The flavor profile of unsalted cashews is naturally sweet and nutty. At Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit we like to describe them as similar to the taste of peanuts, but better.
A fun fact about cashews is that they are actually seeds, not nuts. However, Western society regards them as nuts anyway.
Bulk Cashews Nutrition
Cashew consumption has increased significantly in Western culture due to higher rates of production as well as increased knowledge of their copious nutritional benefits. Cashews are one of the most valuable nuts in preventing cancer, gallstones, and diabetes, while also aiding the body in nutrient absorption. Like most nuts, cashews can also be helpful in supporting brain function, and are chock-full of healthy fats.
Cashews For Cancer Prevention
One of the main ingredients in foods that are known to prevent cancer are antioxidants. Regularly eating antioxidant-rich foods, such as cashews, are linked to a lower risk for certain cancers. Since nuts are known for being helpful to the digestive tract, consuming so much as a handful of nuts daily may help prevent liver, colon, and intestinal cancer. Two specific antioxidants present in cashews are tocopherols and polyphenols.
Cashews For Gallstone Prevention
There are two types of cholesterol in the body; good and bad. LDL, which stands for ‘low density lipoprotein’, is bad cholesterol that creates complications in blood flow to the heart. Opposingly, HDL, standing for ‘high-density lipoprotein’, is the good cholesterol. In short, gallstones are formed by hardened, bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is something that nuts are known to lower. Research has shown that eating nuts weekly can help decrease the risk for having gallstones.
Cashews For Diabetes Prevention
Inflammation can cause insulin resistance, which ultimately causes diabetes. Most nuts are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, though cashews rank especially well among other nuts. They contain high traces of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, while containing little amounts of saturated (unhealthy) fats. This makes them especially powerful for fighting inflammation.
Cashews For Brain Support
The brain requires healthy fats for optimal cognitive function. Bulk cashews are a great way to get naturally higher amounts of healthy fats. Including other key minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper, which are beneficial for mood regulation and healthy aging.
Culinary Uses of Cashews
Cashews taste great in both sweet and savory dishes. Indian and Taiwanese cultures frequently incorporate cashews into dishes with peanut butter such as Pad Thai and Curry for added versatility.
Add cashews to a chicken or vegetable stir fry.
Throw them into a trail mix for variety.
Use cashews as a thickening agent in soups and stews.
Enjoy bulk cashews by the handful or on top of the meals that you are preparing.
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