Cashew nuts are significant sources of iron (essential for red blood cell function and enzyme activity), magnesium (promotes energy release and bone growth), phosphorus (builds bones and teeth), zinc (essential to digestion and metabolism) and selenium (has important antioxidant properties, thus protecting the body from cancer).
These nuts are also good sources of protein.
In comparison to other tree nuts, cashew nuts have a lower fat content. They are also, like all other tree nuts, cholesterol free.
Cashew nuts also contain significant amounts of phytochemicals with antioxidant properties that protects the body from cancer and heart disease.
How much cashew nuts to eat
Eighteen medium cashews count as one serving (30 grams). Don’t eat more than three servings per week, unless you need to gain weight – then you can add two more servings to your weekly intake. Always ensure that you are replacing other dietary fats. By simply adding the cashew nuts to your diet, you will add many extra calories to your diet.
Maximising the benefits of cashew nuts
To reduce sodium and added fats in the diet, avoid salted, oil-roasted cashew nuts. Choose the plain variety and roast them yourself on a baking tray at 180 degrees Celsius for a few minutes (without adding oil).
For a bit of variety, add cashews to your favourite stir-fry recipe.
Nutritional values of cashew nuts
|Total fat||46 g|
|Per 100 g|