Sunday, 15 April 2018

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT CASHEW NUTS

eating my cashew nut as a snack in my office

Cashew nut is a product of cashew seed,  in the cashew apple of a cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale). The tree grow as high as 14 m (46 ft), there are also dwarf cashews, that grow up to 6 m (20 ft), these are more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.

Nigeria is among the world producers of cashew. Nigeria in the 60’s were among the world leading nations in cashew export, today, Nigeria has no rating, for example, three years ago in 2015, global production of cashew nuts (as in the kernel) was 738,861 tonnes, India and Côte d'Ivoire led the pack each with 23% of the world total production. Vietnam and Brazil also had significant production of cashew kernels.
In Nigeria and other African countries Cashew nuts are on high demands for manufacturing cashew milk, a plant milk alternative to dairy milk.

Bags of cashew nuts for export in the 1960's
The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications including lubricants, waterproofing, paints, and arms production, starting in World War II.
Cashew nut can be eaten as snack and it is also used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter, it is used for garnishing sweets or curries, or ground into a paste that forms a base of sauces for curries.
Cashew nuts help in keeping a check on various ailments, such as heart disease, because it has a cholesterol lowering effect. It helps lower LDL and increase the carrying capacity for HDL. HDL is responsible to absorb the cholesterol from the heart and take it to the liver where it is broken down. It is rich in copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and phosphorous which plays an important role in the elimination of free radicals from our body. Copper deficiency can lead to iron deficiencies such as anemia. It helps to protect the eye, because it contains a powerful antioxidant pigment called Zea Xanthin, which is readily and directly absorbed by our retina.

Visiting a drying and bagging cashew nut factory in Ogbomoso in one of my tours across Nigeria 

I love my cashew nuts always what about you, try and see my secret of ever young.

cashew nuts in the sun, for drying before loading into bags 





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