Week 7 – Day 6

cashewsMy mouth waters even just by reading the word CASHEWS! I really enjoy cashews… and as part of his 24 hour energy boost, Dr Oz suggests to Boost Your Fruits With a Cashew Crumble.

“Fruits make delicious and healthy snacks, but if you want to pack on a real energy punch, try adding a cashew crumble. Cashews, sometimes called “nature’s vitamin pill,” are high in protein and essential minerals like magnesium. Just grind the nuts into a crumble using a coffee grinder or mini blender, then dip your fruit in the crumble in for a healthy, energy-packed crunch.”

Health Diaries website identifies 7 health benefits of cashews. MY top two favorites are the following:

Cancer Prevention
Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Studies have also shown that cashews can reduce your colon cancer risk. Their high copper content also endows the seed with the power to eliminate free radicals and they are also good sources of phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect us from heart disease and cancer.

Heart Health
Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and most of it is in the form of oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Studies show that oleic acid promotes good cardiovascular health by helping to reduce triglyceride levels, high levels of which are associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Cashews are wonderfully cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. The magnesium in cashews helps lower blood pressure and helps prevent heart attacks.

Cashews are rich in magnesium and copper, and are dense in energy and high in dietary fiber, making them a very valuable snack for managing weight gain. So next time you are picking nuts for your snacks, consider the beautiful tasty cashew!