Are Cashews Healthy?
From hunger-fuelled snacking to topping stir-fries and blending into nut butter, cashews are undeniably versatile, but are they healthy?
Cashew nuts grow on evergreen cashew trees that are native to Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Its seed (the cashew nut) is considered a ‘nut’ by us due to the way we eat and cook with it.
How healthy are cashews?
Cashews can provide a whole host of nutritional benefits as part of a balanced and varied diet. In one serving, you’ll get a good amount of healthy fats, plant protein, fibre and key vitamins and minerals that are key in:
- Sustained energy and energy production,
- Maintaining brain and heart health
- Boosting immunity
- General bone health
This is thanks to its high content of vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Are raw cashews healthier?
Even though unflavoured cooked cashews aren’t strictly ‘bad’ for you, in raw form they’re more likely to still contain all of their original nutrients. Those which might be cooked in sugars, spices or salt are again slightly less healthy, but still, make a great snack or treat.
Keep your plant-based health questions coming our way!
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.