6. Cashew Nuts
Continuing on with our nut theme (after all, this is the third nut in the list), we now have to add the delicious cashew nut.
I’ve always loved the taste and texture of cashew nuts. They are a fantastic snack to eat on their own and they go so well in many different dishes, especially Asian ones. As well as being so tasty, cashews provide the following health benefits
- contain monounsaturated fats that help promote good (HDL) cholesterol and also lower triglyceride levels
- significant quantities of magnesium
- contain copper, manganese, iron, phosphorous and zinc
So the thought of having to give them up wasn’t nice.
However, what is actually dangerous are Raw Cashews. Cashew nuts are in fact related to poison ivy and poison sumac – something I certainly hadn’t been aware of at all, and the oils in their shells can cause unpleasant and painful reactions on your skin. Roasting the nuts destroys these oils and renders them totally safe to eat.
So stick to your roasted cashews in future.
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