Health Benefits and Other Info
Cashews are high in calories. 100g of nuts provide 553 calories. They are packed with soluble dietary fiber,
vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals that help protect from diseases and
Cashews are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine
(vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that our
bodies require them from external sources to replenish and essential for metabolism of protein, fat, and
carbohydrates at cellular levels.
People who eat nuts twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who rarely eat nuts.
Cashew nuts are indeed relatively high in fat, but it is considered "good fat." This is attributable to the ideal
fat ratio in the nut, 1:2:1 for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, respectively, which is
recommended by scientists for tip-top health.
Cashew nuts contain less fat than most other popular nuts, including peanuts, pecans, almonds and
walnuts. They are dense in energy and high in dietary fiber, making them a very valuable snack for
managing weight gain.
In addition, the nuts are also containing small amount of Zea-xanthin, an important flavonoid
antioxidant, which selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes. It is thought to provide
antioxidant and protective UV ray filtering functions and helps prevent age related macular degeneration
(ARMD) in the elderly.