CASHEW NUTS ITS
SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION ,
PRODUCTS,HEALTH BENEFITS AND ITS RISK FACTORS .
Cashew Nuts are an edible kidney shaped nuts.It is rich in oil and protein.Cashews are roasted and shelled before it can be eaten.Oil from the shell is used as a lubricant.Cashew tree is a tropical American tree grown for phenolic oil.Cashew tree produces nut and cashew apple.It have milky juice,simple , leathery leaves and yellowish pink flowers.It is use in many recipes and processed to get cashew cheese.100 gm of cashews having 553 calories and in oil roasted cashew contain 580 calories.
The following are the scientific classification of cashewnut.
Kingdom : Plantae
Clade : Angiosperms
Clade : Eudicots
Clade : Rosids
Order : Sapindales
Family : Anacardiaceae
Genus : Anacardium
Species : A.occidentale
Binomial name of cashew fruit is Anacardium occidentale L.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Cashew nut product
- Cashew Nut shell oil
- Cashew Nut shell liquid resin
- Cashew Nut shell liquid
- Cashew Nut oil
- Cashewnut friction powder
- Cashew phenol
- Epoxy hardener
- Cashew Nut butter
- Cashew Nut cheese
- Cashew juice
Health Benefits of cashew:
Reduce free radicals:
Cashewnut help our body to utilise iron properly and eliminate free radicals which cause health problems.
High in vitamins:
It is rich in vitamin such as riboflavin,thiamin,niacin etc.It helps to prevent anemia.
Cashewnut contain copper ,magnesium,selenium etc. acts as cofactors for enzymes.
Cashewnut reduce the chance of gallstones upto 25% due to its daily consumption.
Helps in digestion:
It helps in growth,development and digestion.
Provide healthy bones:
Cashew Nuts are rich in calcium,magnesium which strengthen our bones.
Good for hair:
Copper content in cashew help to get black hair.
Cashews contain low fat and rich in oleic acid which improve heart health.
Give relaxation to women:
Women after menopause having cashew nut may give relaxation and better sleep.
Proanthocyanidins help to fight against tumour cells division.these proanthocyanidins content in cashew nut help to prevent cancer.
Reduce high BP:
Magnesium content in cashew nut help to lower blood pressure.
Prevent blood diseases:
Cashew Nuts are rich in copper.Deficiency of copper lead to iron deficiency causing anemia.So consuming cashew nut on regular basis can prevent blood diseases.
Good for skin:
Cashew Nut oil are rich in selenium,zinc,magnesium,iron and phosphorous.They are good source of phytochemicals,proteins and antioxidants which may wonder your skin .
Cashew Nuts during pregnancy:
Provides nutrition for pregnant.
Help underweight mom to gain weight.
May trigger allergic reaction
Rapid weight gain
Overdosing may increase BP.
Side Effects of cashew nut:
- Increase body weight:
Cashew Nuts help in weight management but excessive consumption cause adverse effect due to its monounsaturated fat.
- Raw cashews are dangerous:
Raw cashews contain poison ivy and oils in cashew shell oil may cause itching .
- unpleasant reaction in skin.
Cashews may cause allergy like contact dermatitis which leads to rashes,itching on the skin.
- High risk of allergy:
Some people are allergic to cashews leading to gastrointestinal irritations.
- Kidney stones:
Cashews are rich in oxalate salts which tamper the way of calcium absorption.Large amount of calcium left unabsorbed may lead to kidney stone.