What are the health benefits of eating cashew nuts?

Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics
Cashews have:
  • High levels of iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, and manganese.
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids that promote healthy levels of good cholesterol or "HDL". It also reduces triglyceride levels, which aides in better glucose management for a person with Diabetes.
  • Magnesium, which protects against high blood pressure and supports healthy muscles and bones.
  • Copper, which assists in energy production and provides flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.
Dole Nutrition Institute
Administration
Cashews supply a host of minerals in high amounts, including some that are hard to get, like zinc, which helps maintain healthy vision and support the immune system. Cashews also contain a class of compounds called phytosterols, compounds similar in structure to cholesterol that can reduce the absorption sites for dietary cholesterol in the gut and thus inhibit the body’s absorption of LDL.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

The health benefits of cashews center on their excellent nutritional value. Cashew nuts have a lower fat content and a higher protein and carbohydrate content than most other nuts. The fat that they do contain is mostly (65 percent) derived from oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil with known benefits in protecting against heart disease and cancer. Although cashew nuts are lower in vitamin E and calcium than most nuts, they are a good source of protein, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.

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