Five Reasons to Include Cashews in Your Diet


Cashews are high in vitamin K

Cashews are high in vitamin K which contributes to normal blood clotting. What does this mean exactly? To put it simple vitamin K is an essential vitamin that your body needs to help form clots to curb bleeding after an injury. So, for any of you accident prone people out there this one’s for you!

Cashews contain selenium and phosphorus

Selenium and phosphorus are minerals which aren’t easy to get from the average diet but one that have great health benefits. Not only can selenium contribute the maintenance of normal hair and nails but it has also been shown to contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, basically put, aging. Phosphorus contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.

Cashews are high in iron and zinc

Iron is an important mineral that we need in our everyday diet. Not only is iron vital for carrying oxygen around the body but iron deficiency in the diet can lead to anaemia and fatigue therefore snacking on cashews could help avoid this. As well as this, iron and zinc also contribute to the normal function of the immune system(1). Your immune system defends your body against infectious organisms and other invaders such as viruses and bacteria which can damage your health.

Cashews have fewer calories than first thought

Let’s put this myth to rest. It has widely been thought that cashews cause weight gain. However, this is not the case. When eaten as part of a healthy diet, and sticking to the recommended daily allowance (18 cashews), cashews as you have seen above can bring many health benefits. In fact, recent scientific findings showed that the energy content of cashews -the calories- is 16% lower than what is typically stated on current food labels and databases in the United States, including the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard References. If you want to know more check out our article: Cashews May Have 16% Less Calories Than Previously Thought

Other cashew benefits

As well as all the above, cashews are also high in minerals such as magnesium, manganese and copper and a source of fiber, thiamin, pantothenic acid and minerals like potassium(2,3). All essential nutrients that our body needs every day.

So, as you can see, cashews have a very interesting nutritional profile, so start adding them into your diet today!

Five Reasons to Include Cashews in Your Diet



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