Cashew nuts are actually not nuts, but kidney-shaped seeds that grow on the bottom of a cashew apple, which grows on the cashew tree which is native to Brazil. Today Vietnam and India are some of the largest suppliers of cashews.
They can be eaten raw or roasted, salted or unsalted, as a snack on its own or as a nut butter. Cashews are an easy addition to meals such as salads or stir-fries, and thanks to its soft, creamy texture it is a great option for dairy-free desserts, sauces or cheeses.
Like most nuts and seeds, cashews may be beneficial for heart health, weight loss and blood sugar control. It is rich in antioxidants and copper, the latter which is necessary for energy production, a strong immune system and healthy brain function. Rich in fiber, cashews digest slowly and may prevent blood sugar spikes.
Studies have indicated that people who eat nuts may suffer fewer deaths from heart disease and cancer, and eating nuts regularly might even add two years to our life span. Add this wonderful nut to your diet today.