August 3 2016 by Jess
Our in-house nutritionist Jess is sharing all of the reasons why cashews are such an essential (and delicious!) healthy snack. Cashews are delicious in salads, smoothies and stir-fries while also doing your body a world of good!
They make a great addition to salads and stir-fries or can be ground up into all natural cashew butter; a great alternative to peanut butter.
Cashews are an excellent source of the mineral copper, which we know is needed by an enzyme called cytochrome c oxidase which plays a critical role in cellular energy production in our body.
We also need copper for connective tissue formation for a healthy heart, healthy blood vessels and bones, hair and skin. We also need copper for a healthy brain and nervous system so in short, it’s rather essential!
The second highest mineral found in cashews is manganese, which our bodies need for healthy bones and to protect our body from oxidative stress. We also need manganese to break down carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol and to assist in bone development and wound healing.
Magnesium is the third most abundant mineral found in these nuts and we know magnesium is required by the body for a whole host of reactions, in fact over 300 essential metabolism reactions require magnesium to successfully function.
We need magnesium to break down carbohydrates and fats and produce ATP (our body’s energy currency) within the body.
It also plays a structural role in our bones, cell membranes and chromosomes, so our very DNA is dependant on this vital mineral being obtained from our diet.
Lastly, the good fats that are contained in cashews are well worth a mention.
Approximately 82% of the fat found in cashews comes from unsaturated fatty acids, and 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil which we know through lots of studies has positive benefits for our health.
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to her website at jessntom.com for even more.
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