No wonder cashews are so popular, not only do they taste great, but they are also a real brain food. In trail mixes for immediate snacking, as a topping on your breakfast or for cooking and baking – cashews are versatile and very healthy thanks to the multitude of minerals and vitamins.
As with many other nuts, a handful of cashews already covers the daily intake. Why it pays off to integrate the kidney-shaped nuts into your diet you can find out in this blog post.
Where does the cashew nut come from?
Originally cashews come from Brazil but can now be found in many different tropical countries, such as India, and in East Africa and Asia. The cashew fruit or cashew apple grows on trees up to 15 metres high. The yellow or red cashew apple is a stone fruit that resembles a paprika in its shape. Like almonds, cashews actually belong to the family of stone fruits. The nut is actually the 2-3 cm large stem at the lower end of the fruit.
The harvest time for cashew nuts is from February to the beginning of May. However, because the nuts are relatively robust, they are available to us all year round.
When the cashew apples fall from the tree, they are collected, and the kernel is then separated from the fruit with a knife or a powerful rotating movement. Then they are first roasted to let the shell oil burn. The nuts can then be cracked by hand, and after they have been dried, they can be cleaned of shell remains. Behind the small nut is therefore a lot of manual work.
Why are cashews so healthy?
Cashews help your body from the inside out, support nerves, the immune system and the heart, but also on the outside, because the B vitamins contained in them ensure beautiful hair and nails. They make a positive contribution to your diet and can even help you lose weight.
Vitamins, fats and minerals in cashews
Unlike many other nuts, cashews have the lowest fat content and are therefore lower in calories than other kernels. However, they contain many healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. These help lower cholesterol level and protect the heart.
The seeds also contain important minerals such as magnesium, iron and phosphorus, which are good for muscles, nerves, heart, teeth and bones.
Cashews are rich in vitamins. The many B vitamins they contain help against fatigue and concentration difficulties, among other things, and strengthen the nervous and immune systems. The nuts also contain vitamin E and vitamin K, which is essential for our bones.
Cashews as vegan protein source
Cashews are an excellent source of vegan protein and are ideal for sports enthusiasts. Cashews contain 18 g of protein per 100 g and are thus an indispensable part of a healthy and nutritious diet.
Cashews make you happy
The contained amino acid L-tryptophan has a calming effect and can be converted to the happiness hormone serotonin in the brain at the same time. Thus, cashews can contribute to a good mood and a good sleep.
Breakfast with cashews
You will find the delicious nuts in countless of our breakfast products, as well as our nut mixtures. You can also use cashews as a topping for your breakfast or for cooking and baking. Another alternative is to make a plant drink from cashews and use them as a milk alternative for your cereal or coffee. All you basically need are cashew nuts, water, salt and dates.
Cashew nuts are actually a real superfood. Thanks to the nutrients they contain, they provide your body with important vitamins, proteins, fibre and minerals and can even contribute to your well-being and good mood. Just a handful of nuts a day, equivalent to about 25 grams, is enough to make a positive contribution to your diet.
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