Health Benefits of Adding Cashew Nuts to Your Diet [Infographic]

Posted on : March 12th, 2017

bowl of cashewsAt Maisie Jane’s, we talk a lot about almonds, but we go nuts for our cashew products too. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that what we think of as a cashew nut is actually a seed from the cashew fruit known as a cashew apple? Cashews are soft and sweet nuts that are high in both protein and certain healthy fats. They’re a great addition to add to your diet, not only because they taste great, but also because of their health benefits. Learn what a few of those benefits are in the article excerpt below.

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10 Proven Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts You Need to Know

1 – Are cashews fattening?

Despite the high fat content of cashews and other nuts, clinical trials and epidemiologic studies indicate that frequent nut consumption is not likely to lead to obesity and could even help with weight loss.[1]

Nutritional value of cashews per 100g:

  • How many calories in cashews – 553
  • How much protein in cashews – 18g
  • How many carbs in cashews – 30g
  • What is the fat content of cashews – 44g

2 – Cashews and depression

Cashews are a good source of the essential amino acid L-tryptophan, which is needed to produce serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has been shown to affect mood. Research has also shown that tryptophan depletion can result in depression.[2]

3 – Cashews and diabetes

The results of a study has suggested that cashews could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study showed that cashew nut extract is beneficial for controlling blood sugar, which reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Anacardic acid, the active component in cashew nuts, stimulates glucose transport, resulting in elevated glucose uptake, thus reducing the amount of sugar circulating in the bloodstream. Cashews also may enhance glycolysis (metabolism of sugar into energy) which also contributes to increased glucose uptake.[3]

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10 Proven Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts You Need to Know

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If you’d like to start incorporating cashews into your diet, try them by the handful or try them by the spoonful in the form of our cashew nut butter – it’s gluten-free, wheat-free, vegan, sugar-free, Kosher certified and made in a plant that does not process peanuts. All of our nuts at Maisie Jane’s are dry roasted without the use of additional oils or other additives, providing you a healthier and tastier alternative.

Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality, almond products. We strongly believe in earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards. We use Organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly, and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.