Cashew Nuts And Health

Originated from Southern American countries, cashew nuts are named for its kidney-shaped outline. In ancient days cashew are only cultivated in coastal areas in Brazil. Currently the main producing areas cashew nuts in the world are Bolivia and Brazil’s Amazon valley.

Cashew nuts are rich in fatty acids which account for more than 50% of its total contents. The main ingredient of them is unsaturated fatty acids which accounting for 78% of the total fat, and 73% of them is monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acids can effectively reduce the blood cholesterol, triglyceride and low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C, bad cholesterol) levels. They can also enhance the high density lipoprotein (HDL-C, good cholesterol) levels which can bring great benefits for the health. Moreover, cashew nuts are good for the skin due to the high fat contents which can hydrate the skin.

Cashew nuts are rich in protein which account for as high as 24% in the total content. The protein content is typically twice as much as the cereal products. Also, and the amino acid in nuts and cereal products can complement with each other to satisfy the nutrition needs of the body. Moreover, cashews are also rich in a certain type of vitamins and minerals which can bring benefits to blood vessels and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also, regular consumption of some cashew nuts can improve the functionality of the immune system and postpone the process of aging.

Although cashew nuts are beneficial for our health, they contain a variety of allergens which may affect some people. For people who are easily to get allergies, eating cashew nuts may cause allergic reactions. In some severe cases, consumption of 1 or 2 nuts can cause severe anaphylactic shocks. In order to prevent the occurrence of allergies, it is not recommended to eat too much cashews within a day. You can try to eat a small amount of nuts to check whether there are adverse reactions such as mouth irritation, drooling, sneezing, etc. In particular, you should pay attention to observe the children’s allergic reaction and determine if they can be safely consumed or not.

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