Cashew is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. The casher tree is related to poison ivy and the shell of the cashew nutscontains an irritating poison. People who touch the shell sometimes develop skin rashes/blisters; this is the reason why cashew nuts are always sold shelled and dried. Even the so-called "raw" cashews have actually been roasted to remove all the poison/toxic resin from the nuts. Cashew nuts has a high content of monounsaturated fats, copper and magnesium.
Nutritional Content: Per 100 gms. · Thiamine: .63 mg.
· Cashew contains healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health, because monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease.
· Cashew is rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer.
· Cashew is a good source of magnesium, this mineral works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women.
· Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber, both have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management, but only when eaten in moderation.