How much do you know about cashew?
Cashew is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. The fruit is kidney-shaped and has a double shell. People who touch the shell sometimes develop skin rashes/blisters; this is the reason why cashew nuts are always sold shelled and dried.
The kernel, which is sweet, oily, and nutritious, is often used for food in the tropics after being roasted to destroy the caustic juice. It yields the light-colored oil which is said to be the equal of olive oil and is utilized in various culinary ways.
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Here are some health benefits of cashews
* Cancer Prevention. Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Cashews can reduce your colon cancer risk. They are also good sources of phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect us from heart disease and cancer.
* Heart Health. Cashews are wonderfully cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. The magnesium in cashews helps lower blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks.
* Bone Health. Cashews are particularly rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps diminish the frequency of migraine attacks, lowers blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks.
* Prevent Gallstones. Data collected on 80,718 women from the Nurses' Health Study demonstrates that women who eat at least an ounce of nuts each week, such as cashews, have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones.
* Weight Loss. People who eat nuts twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who rarely eat nuts. Cashew nuts are indeed relatively high in fat, but it is considered "good fat." Cashew nuts contain less fat than most other popular nuts, including peanuts, pecans, almonds and walnuts. They are dense in energy and high in dietary fiber, making them a very valuable snack for managing weight gain.
Cashews spoil quickly at room temperature and should be refrigerated. If refrigerated in a tightly sealed container, they will keep for six months or up to a year if frozen.