Cashew nuts come from the cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) which is native to Central and South America. Cashews stand out for their buttery, sweet and salty taste but also for being a nutrient-dense food.
In fact, cashews are a great source of phytochemicals, plant proteins (more than 15%) and antioxidants. These nutritious nuts are also very high in magnesium, which keeps bones and muscles healthy, and zinc, an essential nutrient that strengthen immune system.
The high percentage of selenium contained in cashews not only protects skin but might help prevent cancer, acting like a natural antioxidant. In spite of their high fat content, being packed with Omega 3 fatty acids incredibly boost metabolism and helps burn excess body fat.
That’s exactly why cashews – and nuts in general – are a great snack that promotes weight loss as they tend to keep you full for a longer time.
- High levels of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus,
- Natural antioxidant,
- Source of “good” fats, which helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and diabetes,
- Like carrots, cashews protect eyes from the risk of blindness as one gets older and decrease the risk of cataracts.