10/28/17 — cashews

A Better Mood:

Cashews

 

Fun Fact:  Cashews are seeds, not nuts.

Fun Fact II:  Between the years of 1560 and 1565, the Portuguese brought cashews from Brazil to different areas in India.

 

Benefits:

  • heart health
    • combat inflammation
    • lower LDL cholesterol
    • promote HDL cholesterol
    • lower oxidative stress levels
    • prevent obesity
    • alleviate high blood pressure
  • brain function (the brain needs healthy fats, zinc, iron, copper)
    • aging healthfully
    • regulating mood
    • preventing ADHD, anxiety, depression, dyslexia, dementia
  • digestion
  • nutrition absorption
  • colon, prostate, and liver cancer prevention (antioxidants)
    • prevent free radical and DNA damage
    • prevent cell mutation
    • prevent cancerous tumors from forming
  • diabetes prevention (MUFA fats)/prevent arterial hypertension
  • gallstones prevention
  • weight loss (fiber, protein, and unsaturated fatty acids)
    • you’re satiated
    • you don’t have cravings
  • improved circulation
    • digestive system detoxified/digestive health
    • improved metabolism
    • higher energy
  • bone demineralization prevention (calcium, magnesium, potassium)
  • bone building/osteoporosis and bone fracture prevention (vitamin K)
  • migraine prevention
    • combats trigger: quick blood sugar changes
    • combats trigger: hypoglycemia
    • phytosterols lower the length of time and frequency
  • skin health/collagen and melanin production (essential fatty acids and copper)

 

Hot Tips:

  • Buy organic.
  • Buy them raw if you can.  Plain “dry roasted” is the next-best option.
  • Cashews in trail mixes often are coated with vegetable oil and sugar.  Check the label.
  • Someone with kidney stones or kidney issues should watch their portion sizes when it comes to nuts.
  • Soak the cashews.  Taking this step increases their nutrient content and lowers the amount of antinutrients that prevent you from absorbing their nutrients.
  • They contain starch, which makes them a good thickening agent (especially after they’ve been soaked).
  • Make cashew milk.  If you buy it, buy the unsweetened version.
  • Make cashew butter by soaking the cashews, then blending them.  Add salt.
  • Have cashew butter with fruit.
  • Use cashew flour and coconut flour to make muffins or pancakes.
  • Cashews in all forms should be refrigerated or kept in a freezer.

 

Up next:

A smoothie that tastes like dessert!

 

Source:

Dr. Axe — Cashew Nutrition: Helps Prevent Cancer, Diabetes & More