A lot has been written about nuts, and by now most of us appreciate that they are good for us. However, the health benefits of cashews have been ignored for a long time. I often wonder why we have ignored the health benefits of these nuts. Maybe it is because along with peanuts, they are often served salty as a bar snack. It would perhaps be beneficial if we took another look at cashews, and found out how we could enjoy them, before we started to discuss their health benefits. There is a lot more to these nuts than a bar snack.
How to Enjoy Cashews
Most nuts can be used in cooking, but some are more user friendly than others. Walnuts can be used in cooking, and so can peanuts, but they don’t really add a lot of flavor. Yes, you can get peanut Satay, but that has a lot more stuff in it than just ground peanuts. Cashews have the unique ability to add flavor to food without having to be processed in any way. As a matter of fact, you can use them straight out of the packet.
One of the best ways is to add them to food is to use them in stir fry’s. They seem to love being fried together with bean sprouts and chicken. They can certainly add both texture and flavor to your weekday stir fry. So, what else can you do with cashew nuts?
Have you ever tried adding them to rice dishes? If, you like a lot of vegetable based rice dishes, you should consider adding cashew nuts for about two to three minutes before you finish the dish. A lot of people like to add nut oil, but cashews have the ability to make your rice dish a lot tastier. It is very quick and easy to do, and will make your home made rice dish taste great.
Cashew nuts are even nice in salads. You can just take them straight from the bag, or roast them off slightly in a pan first of all. If, you haven’t tried a warm bacon salad with roasted cashews, you certainly should. The cashews will really finish off the dish, and add a crunchy texture to your salad. A lot of people like using pine nuts, but I so much prefer the taste of cashews.
The Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts
Like all nuts, cashews are rich in micro minerals. One mineral that really stands out when it comes to cashew nuts is selenium. This is actually quite a hard mineral to find in foods, but in cashews, you can find selenium in abundance. Eating a small handful of cashews will give you all of your selenium needs for the day. But, you should make sure that they are not the salty variety.
Selenium has a lot of functions within the body, but it is clear that people suffering from asthma can benefit from selenium. We don’t quite understand why selenium seems to benefit asthma sufferers, but many of them say a selenium supplement helps to keep their airway clearer. It sounds a bit odd, but a lot of asthma sufferers are prone to airway infections, so this could be the reason. It may help to eat more cashew nuts if you suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma.
Crohn’s disease sufferers can also benefit from an increased intake of selenium. A lot of people with Crohn’s disease do suffer from a lower immune response, and selenium can boost the immune system as well. This is really good news as it may explain why HIV sufferers develop less infections when they take a selenium supplement.
But, why take a supplement when you can eat health? Doctors are very much for you trying to eat healthy food instead. It is important to understand that you need to eat for your own health. For instance, if you are suffering from arthritis, you should add more cold water fish to your diet.
If you have IBS, you should consider adding more strawberries and raspberries to your diet. There are healthy eating options out there for everybody, and making up your own diet is the best option. Adding cashew nuts will allow you to enjoy the many health benefits of cashews as well as their great taste.