10 Reasons Why You Cannot Eat Cashews And Feel Sad

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Who doesn’t love cashews? We must admit they are one of our favorites. Here’s a little known fact: Cashews are in the same family as mangos, pistachios, poison ivy, and poison oak! Cashews are the seed of a fruit called cashew apples. Native to South America, they are also grown in China, Thailand, Colombia, Nigeria, and the Philippines.

There are few places in America where cashew trees grow well, which would explain why the US is one of the largest importers of cashews. Cashews were spread around the world by Portuguese sailors during the 16th century.

There are tons of reasons why you should be eating more cashews. We have narrowed down the top 10 reasons why you simply cannot eat cashews and feel blue.


1.  They Prevent Gallstones

If you have ever had a gallstone, you know how much they can hurt! You will be happy to know that one Harvard study, which was conducted over a 20 year period showed that women who consumed a minimum of 1 oz. of nuts, such as cashews, per week, had a 25 percent lower risk of developing painful gallstones.  Reducing your risk of gallstones, simply by munching on some delicious cashews, is a good reason to be happy.


2.  Rich Source of Magnesium

Cashews are a terrific source of magnesium, with just 1 oz.  giving you a whopping 81.8 mg of magnesium, a mineral that almost all Americans have a deficiency.  Magnesium is vital for healthy bones.  In fact, most of the magnesium found in our body resides in our bones. Without magnesium, we wouldn’t be able to get calcium in our bones. Magnesium is also important for the regulation of our muscles. Common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are migraines, muscle cramps, muscle soreness, high blood pressure, and extreme fatigue.  Be happy that you don’t have to deal with any of those problems because you are eating cashews!


3.  Help You to Lose Weight

Although many people live in fear of nuts because of their high fat content, you should feel free to indulge since many studies have proven that eating nuts, in moderation, do the exact opposite.  The journal called Obesity published a study which showed that those who consumed nuts at least twice a week were 31 percent less likely to pile on the pounds.  Of course, nuts do still contain calories and fat, so you don’t want to munch on them all day long.  Take delight in knowing that just one ounce of delicious cashews is all you need to get all the vitamins and health benefits your body needs.

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