A growing body of research has linked following a Mediterranean diet pattern, which includes the regular consumption of nuts and seeds, with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cashews are an excellent source of energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for supporting the body. Providing heart-friendly mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, cashews can help lower levels of LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol. Including cashews as part of an overall plant-focused diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes will help to ensure our bodies are getting the proper amounts of all the nutrients it needs to help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and some cancers.
Cashews provide the body with important minerals such as potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium — all nutrients important to support our immune system. Cashew nuts are available year-round and can be purchased raw, salted, sweetened, or candied. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge where they can last up to six months.
Cashews are a popular ingredient and are enjoyed in sweet and savory dishes worldwide where they provide a crunchy, buttery texture with a sweet, fruity aroma.
Add cashews to your diet with this Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry, Mango Coconut Chia Pudding, or Pineapple Fried Rice. To add calories to maintain weight during treatment, soaked cashews can be added to smoothies and blended soups.