The cashew nut is a favorite meal snack especially for those on a low carb, high fat diet. In addition to being tasty they are also commonly found year round at your local supermarket. They are a great addition to salads and stir-fry, giving you added taste and healthy fats.
Cashews have a lower fat content then most other nuts and in addition 82% of that fat is unsaturated. This means it consists of mainly monounsaturated fats that are healthy for your heart. Monounsaturated fats can help reduce high triglyceride levels, that is they reduce the amount of fat in your blood. This is a good thing and will help you to keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Cashews also have a very high antioxidant content which as we know is great for the body and your heart. In fact by just having a handful of nuts once a week you can reduce your chance of a heart attack by as much as 11%. Taking it a step further if you increase your nuts intake to 4 times a week you can reduce the chance of coronary heart disease by 37%.
As seen above include nuts in your meals at least 4 times a week to enjoy these great health benefits.
It has been shown that women who eat 1 ounce of nuts a week reduce their risk of developing gall stones by 25%. Consuming 30 nuts a week is all that you need to get this great health benefit.
Lowers Chance Of Weight Gain
Most people tend to avoid nuts because of their high fat and caloric content. However the opposite is true for people who eat nuts at least twice a week. By eating nuts twice a week you are in fact 31% less likely to get fat over someone who never eats nuts. What is even better is on average people that eat nuts gain less weight than those that don’t.
How To Eat Nuts
Most of us grab a handful of nuts to snack on once or twice a day. However you can always throw them into a salad to add some great taste and healthy fats. Another option is to throw them into the pan whenever you are cooking. They add a great flavor to any dish and are even better when roasted with a little cooking oil.