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potential risks in eating cashew nuts.
?Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts,
approximately 65% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus 90% of
this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same
heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show
that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health, even in
individuals with diabetes. Studies of diabetic patients show that
monounsaturated fat, when added to a low-fat diet, can help to reduce
high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a form in which fats are
carried in the blood, and high triglyceride levels are associated with
an increased risk for heart disease, so ensuring you have some
monounsaturated fats in your diet by enjoying cashews is a good idea,
especially for persons with diabetes. Just a quarter-cup of these
delicious nuts supplies 37.4% of the daily value for monounsaurated
?In addition to their healthful monounsaturated fats, cashews are a
good source of copper, magnesium, zinc and biotin:?
?Cashews are among a small number of foods that contain any measurable
amount of oxalates, naturally-occurring substances found in plants,
animals, and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in
body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems. For this
reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or
gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating cashews. Oxalates may
also interfere with absorption of calcium from the body. For this
reason, individuals trying to increase their calcium stores may want
to avoid cashews, or if taking calcium supplements, may want to eat
cashews 2-3 hours before or after taking their supplements.?
Here are other notes about cashew nuts that might interest you as well.
?Cashews are higher in carbohydrates than most nuts and are rich
sources of protein, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, and
zinc. Like other nuts, cashews? fat is mostly oleic acid (60%) and
linoleic acid (17%). Cashews are unique, however, in that they contain
about 1.5% of lauric acid, a medium chain saturate that possesses
potent antimicrobial properties. We will discuss lauric acid more
under our next entry, coconut.?
?Cashews contain a toxic oil called cardol between the inner and outer
shell. The compound is released, however, by cracking the nuts and
roasting them two times in succession. There are, therefore, no "raw"
cashew nuts on the market.?
?Cashews are also one of the foods that need to be approached
cautiously when facing candidiasis, or a systemic yeast infection.
Cashews accumulate mold more readily than other nuts and allergic
reactions to them are fairly common in those with this ailment. You
can spot moldy cashews by black flecks on the nut?s surface.?
Cashew Nuts Notes:
?Cashew nuts have a high Vitamin C content as well as iron, zinc,
magnesium, selenium and Vitamin B1;?
?They contain about 50% fat - mainly monounsaturated.?
?Cashew nuts have antiseptic and cicatrising properties;?
?They are excellent for toothache and gums.?
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