I will share with you some unbelievable cashew nuts health benefits in this blog.
Firstly, cashew (Anacardiumoccidentale) is an economic tree crop that produces apples and nuts. It grows well in areas with annual rainfall of between 900-1,400mm, and with typical wet and dry seasons. Cashews are actually the kidney-shaped seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree.
A dry period of 4-6 months is needed for the flowering and fruit development. Cashew thrives well from sea level up to an altitude of 1,000m above sea level. Altitude above 1,000m are not suitable due to cooler temperatures which delay flowering. The peak temperature range for cashew cultivation is between 20ºC and 34ºC, while the minimum temperature should not be below 18ºC with maximum not exceeding 38ºC.
Cashew Farming In Ghana
Cashew cultivation in Ghana started in the 1960’s with sporadic plantings in the Central and Greater Accra Regions. It later spread to Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.
Packed with protein and essential minerals, we considered cashew nuts as highly nutritious. We get copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc from cashew seeds. Sodium is also present in very small quantities. It contains vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and vitamin K (phylloquinone). They contain high contents of oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid.
Here are the Unbelievable Cashew Nuts Health Benefits
Prevents Blood Disease
The consumption of cashews nuts on a regular basis and limited manner may help in avoiding blood diseases. Cashew nuts are rich in copper, which plays an important role in the elimination of free radicals from the body.
Protects The Eye
In the urban environment matched with its excessive pollution, our eyes often suffer from various infections. Cashew nuts contain a powerful antioxidant pigment called Zea Xanthin. This pigment is readily and directly absorbed by our retina, says nutritionist Anju Sood. This then forms a protective layer over our retina which prevents the harmful UV rays. Small quantities of Zea Xanthin helps prevent age related macular degeneration in the elderly. It helps maintain good eye health.
Good For The Skin
Derived from the cashew seeds, “cashew oil does wonders for your skin,” says Gargi Sharma, Manager Weight Management, Aayna. Cashew nut oil is rich in selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Also, they are great sources of phytochemicals, proteins and antioxidants. The high percentage of selenium in cashews is not only good for your skin but “helps prevent cancer as well,” says nutritionist Anju Sood.
In comparison to diets excluding the intake of nuts, people consuming nuts on a moderate and regular basis lose weight faster. Based on evidence, we can conclude that nut consumption is not associated with higher body weight. Epidemiological evidence indicates consistently that nut consumers have a lower BMI than non-consumers. Cashew nuts are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and contribute to boosting the body’s metabolic process to burn excess fat.
Source Of Dietary Fiber
According to studies, cashew nuts have a great percentage of dietary fibers. The two essential dietary fibers required by our body are, oleic acid and palmitic acid. “These fibers are not produced by our body hence they need to be consumed externally,” says nutritionist Anju Sood. Cashew nuts are good sources of these fibers.
Healthy and Shinny Hair
Experts say that the consumption of cashews as well as the application of cashew oil on your scalp ensures healthy hair. “Copper present in cashew nut oil helps in the production of skin and hair pigment called melanin. It also enhances hair colour and can provide a silky-smooth texture due to the presence of linoleic and oleic acids.
Types of Cashew Nuts
There is the W – 180, is the ‘ King of Cashew ‘ – They are larger in size and very expensive.
There’s also the W – 210, are popularly known as ‘ Jumbo ‘ nuts.
Then the W – 240, is an attractive grade and reasonably priced.
W – 320, are the most popular among cashew kernels and highest in terms of availability, worldwide.
The W – 450, are the smallest and cheapest white whole kernel. Hence the favorite among low priced whole grades.
Cashew and Nuts
Cashew nuts are nutritionally much the same as other nuts. They are high in fat (around 50 percent), rich in vitamin E. It is also a good source of minerals, particularly magnesium and zinc. High in fats, nuts are ranked highly for their healthy unsaturated fats
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