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Are Cashews Good For You?

Cashews provide a great source of nutrition for the body and are quite good for you.  Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of cashews.

First of all, cashews are great for the heart because of the good quality fat that is contained within the nut.  Like most nuts, cashews contain oleic acid, which is the same kind of monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.  Research indicates that regular consumption of oleic acid helps in the promotion of good cardiovascular health.  It actually lowers triglyceride levels and lowers the cholesterol level that should be showing up at a lower level in the system.

Cashews are also rich in antioxidants which lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other conditions associated with the heart. Cashews are considered to be heart healthy foods.  These powerful nuts also contain magnesium which is beneficial for the heart because it helps to lower the blood pressure and prevent against the risk of a heart attack. Cashews also contain healthy amounts of copper, a mineral that is necessary in keeping the skin and hair healthy.  Also, because of the calcium contained in these nuts, bone health can be improved by eating healthy amounts of cashews.

These are just some of the benefits of cashews and why they are good for you.  As with most foods, it is wise to keep the portions small in an effort to cut calories and keep the weight off.

 

Suzanne Somers

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