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May 30, 2009

The Power of the Cashew

The cashew is one of those foods that I refer to as a “power food.” When eaten in moderation, great benefits can be obtained.

*The cashew nut is the product of the cashew tree, grown in parts of Africa, Asia and Brazil. Besides flavor, this nut is packed with nutritional goodness. The cashew is high in fat, like most other nuts, but the kind of fat that’s considered to be good. This kind of fat helps maintain good levels of HDL cholesterol, which promotes good cardiovascular health. Cashews contain magnesium, which prevents high blood pressure and fatigue, and copper, which has antioxidant and energizing properties. Cashews also contain some fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving (1 oz.)

Cashews are a popular health-food in North America and Europe and are often used in Asian cuisines. Cashew butter is also an option as a healthier alternative to peanut butter (but oh! how I love it anyway.)

I’m a strong believer in eating healthy and unless directed by a doctor, I don’t approve of taking vitamin pills. So because of all the great benefits of cashews, I eat them often and always keep them in the house. I eat them as a snack, mixed with some dried fruits, or use them in salads or stir-fry’s.

Cashews should be stored in an airtight container, in a cool and dry place. And remember, eat them in moderation, because they are high in calories – 155, to be exact, per ounce (that’s one handful.)

*Some info from: and