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Cashews

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Cashews - micronutrients

  • These are the seeds that adhere to the cashew apple. This apple is regarded as a delicacy in parts of the world. Cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts with 75% of the fats being unsaturated and of this 75% is the heart healthy oleic acid found in olive oil.

    Monounsaturated fats like oleic acid can help lower triglyceride levels a fat that is often elevated in those with diabetes or even pre-diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome [Syndrome-X]. So cashews and olive oil are good ideas with diabetes or those in the pre-diabetic state with insulin resistance.
  • Cashews are rich in copper as well which is an essential trace nutrient for all plants and animals. Copper is a co-factor in numerous enzymes such as superoxide dismutase which is an extremely important component of the body’s antioxidant defence system. Copper is also a co-factor in lysyl oxidase an enzyme that initiates cross-linking of both collagen and elastin important structural proteins in skin, bones, cartilage, blood vessels and other soft tissues. Lysyl oxidase may also have a role in tumour suppression. (Csiszar 2001). Decreased copper is associated with weak ligaments, hyper-extensible skin and weakness in blood vessel with increased risk of aortic aneurysm.
  • In highly processed diets many trace elements may be lacking putting an individual at risk for many chronic illnesses in society today. Consuming nuts daily provide many critical micronutrients in your diet.
  • Cashews like almonds do contain measurable amounts of oxalates but unlikely to be of clinical concern. If you are restricted in oxalate intake by your doctor, you may need to reconsider your intake of cashews and almonds.
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