The Cashew. The caju. or if you wanna get sci-ency with it the Anacardium occidentale. no matter which name you know it by the delicious nut is an absolute delicacy both locally or internationally but is this crescent shaped nut more than a Delicious snack?
The cashew nut is native to northeastern Brazil where it grows on a flowering tree that shares it’s name the cashew tree know as the Cajueiro in Portuguese. and it looks a little something like this:
See that green crescent bulb under the bell pepper looking fruit? well inside that hard exterior lies the delectable cashew nut so highly sought after however there,s one problem. The fruit is toxic if ingested, and an irritant to skin. This is because Raw cashews contain urushi- the same toxic chemical that is found in poison oak or ivy. while Cashew poisoning is rare, urushi ingested at high levels , can be deadly. to remove these harmful properties the green shell must be cracked over high temperatures such as a fire and open flames. however you must not worry unless you grow your own cashews the store bought cashews will always be cooked to some degree. the just have to.
Looking beyond these harmful properties cooked cashews are very, very nutritious they are one of the most nutritious nuts out there in fact!
For starters they are very good source of magnesium. Magnesium in cashew nuts is essential for regulating the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, which may further help you lose weight. you hear that! i know i did. weight loss! Cashews are also relatively good sources of protein, which is key to losing weight. While nuts are high in calories, eating the right amount daily can also help lose weight!
And if that wasn’t enough Cashews also are ideal for bones and joints in the body and also the teeth and gums. wow. just wow.
Thats not it Cashew nuts are also beneficial for nerve cells and heart health this is due to their high content of “heart friendly” monosaturated fats like oleic, and palmitoleic acids.
Some scientists also speculate that Caashew nuts can help prevent cancer their high copper content endows the seed with the power to eliminate free radicals as well as providing phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect us from heart disease and cancer.
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