Here are some great reasons to add those cashews into your day!
- Promotes cardiovascular health
According to a Harvard Medical School review, “as little as two ounces of nuts a week appears to help lower heart disease risk.” This could be for a variety of reasons but what’s for sure, says Harvard health editor Dr. Simon, is they are a perfect addition to your balanced, healthy diet, to “take you one step away from heart disease.”
- High iron content
Iron is an essential mineral we need from our food to keep us healthy for so many reasons- from preventing fatigue, to assisting in proper muscle function, and being an essential part of hemoglobin that helps carry oxygen throughout our body, keeping iron intake up is extremely important. Cashews are a good source of plant-based iron, great for vegans and carnivores both.
- High in beneficial fats
Although cashews are high in fat, they’re mostly full of the beneficial ones like monounsaturated fats- the same ones found in olive oil that are part of the super healthy effects of a mediterranean diet, and polyunsaturated fats- essential fats that can’t be made by the body and must be consumed in the diet.
And even aside from all that, they’re just totally delicious.
Citation: For more information on section one, check out this article: http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefits_eating_nuts For more information on section two, check out: http://www.livestrong.com/article/249433-what-are-the-benefits-of-iron-in-the-diet/For more information on section three, check out: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good