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Choosing Cashews as a Healthy Snack

By Brandi Swieter 

National Cashew Day arrives in late November, making now the perfect time to learn about the health aspects of the nut. Though cashews don't contain a lot of fiber like some other options out there, there are still plenty of benefits to consuming them. Enjoy cashews on Cashew Day and throughout the rest of the year for a beneficial treat. 

Providing Protein

Protein is essential to the body. It's required for building tissues and making enzymes. Meat is a common source but it isn't the only one. Cashews contain 5 grams of protein in just a 1-ounce serving. 

Lowering Cholesterol

Bad levels of cholesterol need to be kept in check if individuals are going to lower their chance of developing cardiovascular disease and other heart troubles. Cashews help to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. The arginine and vitamins within them work to protect the lining of the arteries. 

Improving Blood Health

Healthy blood makes a healthy body. Cashews help to improve blood health due to the vitamins and minerals within them. Iron and copper, in particular, work to form new red blood cells. The blood vessels, nerves, and bones will remain as healthy as possible because of this process.

Losing Weight

Animal fats and protein contribute to weight loss. Because of this fact, it's important that people limit their fats and proteins found in meat and dairy products. Consuming more nuts regularly, including cashews, will help a person gain the protein and fats needed to maintain weight and health. Individuals looking to lose weight should stick with eating cashews as a snack. They can even help to reduce symptoms of type 2 diabetes. 

Protecting the Eyes

Carrots and other vegetables aren't the only foods that benefit the eyes. They can also be protected with the help of cashews. Cashews contain lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these compounds act as antioxidants and prevent light from causing damage to the eyes. They can also limit the development of cataracts as people age. 

Cashews make a healthy snack to enjoy on occasion. Grab a handful and get the benefits. Plenty of protein, Vitamin K, and calcium make up the nut. It's one of the better snack options that can help individuals maintain weight, lower cholesterol, and build up a healthy immune system. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.

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