A popular ingredient that finds its place in many Indian sauces, cashew nut – the plant from Brazil, is a large walnut in minerals. Brought to India by traders, Cashew grows to extraordinary heights with a rather irregular trunk. The branches are hanging big juicy apples attached to the bottom of the cashew nut. Throughout the year, it has a great life when properly stored.
Nuts and fruits both have different purposes to be used. Walnut, often known as the planting of the poor man, but now sold at high price, is used to make delicious Currys, dry roasted and eaten. If the nomads had no idea of fruit to eat, nuts were discarded as it was given more importance to the fruit. A book, written by SP Malhotra, the edible nuts world economy, said: “The natives also knew many medical applications for apple juice, lemon peel, and caustic oil seeds were later exploited by the Europeans.”
Contrary to popular belief it can make you gain fat, a substantial amount of cashew nuts in your diet can provide many health benefits. Some of them are mentioned and discussed below:
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in its case study shows that nuts for health can be an advantage to keeping a check on various diseases such as heart disease. Studies repeatedly show that nuts have a cholesterol-lowering effect as part of a healthy diet, and there is new evidence of positive effects on oxidative stress, inflammation, and vascular reactivity. Help Cashew nuts LDL and HDL increase lower capacity utilization. HDL is responsible for the absorption of cholesterol and heart to the liver, where it can be broken.
In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration said that a handful of nuts daily as part of a diet with little fat can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Heart Association recommends four unsalted nuts and fat portions a week without and warns against eating too much because they are calories dense. Another study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), also provides a significant link between nut consumption and a minor incidence of the death of hereditary diseases, cancer, and respiratory disease. The study shows that nutrients in nuts can lend protective and anti-inflammatory of the heart, anti-carcinogenic such as:
- Unsaturated fatty acids
Prevents Blood Diseases
The consumption of cashew nuts and limited regular help to prevent blood diseases, Cashews are rich in copper, which plays an important role in the removal of free radicals from the body.
Copper deficiency can lead to iron deficiency, like anemia. Therefore, our diet should contain the recommended amount of copper. And cashews are a good source.
The Protection of the Eye
In urban environment associated with excessive stress, our eyes often suffer from various infections. Cashews contain a powerful antioxidant pigment called Zea Xanthin.
This pigment is easily absorbed directly from the retina, says Nutritionist Anju Sood. This forms a protective layer on the retina which prevents harmful UV radiation. Dr. Jaibahrat Anshul Bhatnagar said that small amounts of Zea Xanthin help prevent macular degeneration in the elderly and help keep healthy eyes.
Good for the Skin
“Cashew nut oil works wonders for the skin,” says Gargi Sharma, director of weight control, Aayna. Cashew nut oil is rich in:
In addition, they are excellent sources of photochemical, protein and antioxidants. The high proportion of selenium in cashew nuts is not only good for your skin but “help prevent cancer as well,” explains nutritional Anju Sood.
Compared to diets that exclude the consumption of nuts, people who consume nuts regularly consume moderately and lose weight faster. Based on Controlled Clinical Trial Results and Epidemiological, nut consumption was not associated with weight gain.
The study of the Journal of Nutrition indicates that epidemiological data show that walnuts consumers constantly have a BMI of less than nonusers. Regarding clinical trials, the evidence is an almost unified intake in the diet leads to little or no weight gain. In addition, nuts like cashew kernels are “full of omega-3 fatty acids that help boost metabolism to burn excess fat,” says Delhi-based nutritional Shilpa Arora. Nuts are a great snack for those who lose weight because they are nutritious and you tend to keep longer full. “The nuts must always be eaten raw and without salt, so they are beneficial for weight loss efforts,” says Shilpa.
Source of Dietary Fiber
According to studies, cashew nuts have a high proportion of dietary fiber. The two essential dietary fibers needed by our bodies are Oleic Acid and Palmitic Acid. “These fibers are not produced by our body must be eaten outside,” says nutritional Anju Sood. Cashew nuts are good sources of these fibers.
Dietary fiber helps better digest food, but excessive consumption can cause the swelling and significant production of intestinal gases. Eating nuts like cashew nuts were associated with a reduced incidence of several digestive disorders.
Healthy & Shiny Hair
Experts say that cashew nuts and application of cashew oil on the scalp ensures a healthy hair. “The copper in chestnut oil helps the skin pigment melanin and hair production,” says Nutritional Gargi Sharma. It also improves the hair color and can provide a smooth and silky texture due to the presence of Linoleic and Oleic Acid.