- Cashews are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats.
- They are also a good source of the minerals; copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
- Cashews also contain biotin and protein.
- A one-third cup serving of shelled cashews contains 260 calories.
- Cashews have a lower fat content as well as a higher protein and carbohydrate content compared to most other nuts.
- Fat found in cashews is mostly derived from oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil that can protect against heart disease and cancer.
Cashews are a great mid-day snack that helps you feel full and energized. Combine them with other nuts and dried fruit for a sweet and savory trail mix. Try adding cashews to sautéed vegetables. For an easy sauce, heat cashew butter, tamari, cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger and water in a saucepan over low heat. Serve over fish, vegetables, tofu or rice. For more on the benefits of cashews and other nuts, take a look at my book, “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods“.