Did you know that most cashews that say they are "raw" are not really raw at all? Cashews are typically extracted using steam or high heat because the kernel is surrounded by a sticky resin. But we have gone to great lengths to bring you a truly raw cashew — we’ve researched them all, tried them all, and not only are Sunfood cashews truly raw, they’re the most delicious we’ve ever had. Sweet and creamy, delicate and malty and gently nutty, these cashews are perfect eaten raw, soaked and sprouted and dehydrated, or soaked and blended into your favorite smoothie recipe. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Did you know that most cashews that say they are "raw" are not really raw at all? Cashews are typically extracted using steam or high heat because the kernel is surrounded by a sticky resin. How do people get away with calling them "raw"? There is a loophole; since the nuts have not been roasted after they were extracted, they are considered "raw" by the commercial nut industry. But we have gone to great lengths to bring you a truly raw cashew — we’ve researched them all, tried them all, and not only are Sunfood cashews truly raw, they’re the most delicious we’ve ever had. Sweet and creamy, delicate and malty and gently nutty, these cashews are perfect eaten raw, added to trail mix or cereal, soaked and sprouted and dehydrated, or soaked and blended into your favorite smoothie recipe.
Originally native to Brazil and brought to Southeast Asia in the 1500’s, cashews have long been revered for their health-boosting properties. Sunfood cashews are organically grown and then hand-cracked using a specially designed tool to remove the kernel. This leaves the nutrients and enzymes intact, as nature intended. Raw cashews are incredibly nutritious; they’re high in antioxidants and vitamins, they’re naturally high in beautifying oleic acid, and they’re very mineral-rich, containing high amounts of magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.
High in protein and great for any time you need a quick boost of natural energy, Sunfood Whole Raw Cashews are the perfect snack for any time. With a delicious, creamy flavor that is versatile enough to be used in a variety of dishes, you will love these raw, organic cashews.
Here are some ways to enjoy cashews
Cashews are very versatile. They can be eaten by themselves as a snack anytime or they can be used in a variety of dishes including smoothies, trail mixes, cereals, salads or nut milk. They are fantastic when made into cashew cream.
Here’s a wonderful primal recipe for cashew cream
If you don’t eat dairy, or if you do, you’ll want to know about cashew cream. It’s an amazing substance, perfect for frostings or fillings, for thickening soups, or spreading on fruit or drizzling on pancakes or crepes or ice cream or just about anything. It’s blindingly simple to make, and once you know how, you can dress it up a million different ways. Make it thinner by adding more water, thicker by adding less, add a little salt or sugar or both for extra flavor, add some lemon and almond butter for a cheesecake flavor, add cacao powder and coconut sugar and salt for chocolate buttercream frosting, add pumpkin and cinnamon for a pumpkin pie flavor, add vanilla and sugar and salt for a basic whipped cream, you get the picture. Here goes:
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Why cashews are so good for you
Like most nuts and seeds, cashews are a great source of dietary protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the wonders of cashews:
- Cashews have almost 6 times the protein of whole milk.
- Cashews have a rich supply of oleic acid, a classically beautifying oil, great for skin and hair. It also reduces your blood triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and elevates your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentration. Cashews are also rich in linolenic acid, which can effectively lower your blood pressure, and also has antioxidant properties which defend your blood vessels from free radicals.
- Cashews contain a small amount of zea-xanthin, an important pigment flavonoid antioxidant, which is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, providing protective UV ray filtering functions and helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration.
- Cashews are an excellent source of vitamin K, which is indispensable to maintaining healthy bones, and has tumor suppression abilities. Studies have shown that increased intake of vitamin K lowers the occurrence of prostate cancer in men, and is effective in both prevention and treatment of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
- Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Here are a few of the minerals most concentrated in cashews, and their nutritional properties:
- Magnesium is involved in nerve conduction and muscle relaxation. It cooperates with calcium to allow muscles that line your blood vessels to relax, enabling vasodilation (dilation of blood vessels) and lowers your blood pressure.Eating cashews after strenuous exercises or during menstrual periods can effectively help you relieve pain and promote faster recovery.
- Cashews are also one of the best sources for dietary copper, which works to break down the fat in your food. Inadequate copper intake can raise your blood triglyceride level and increase your risk of fatty liver and heart disease.You also need copper for proper brain function. Copper is involved in the production and secretion of melanin and dopamine. Without enough copper, you can develop severe sunburn, chronic fatigue syndromes, depression and other neurological disorders.
- The high zinc concentration in cashews gives these nuts powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. There is strong proof that increased zinc prevents microbial colonization, and it is protects you from food poisoning and gastroenteritis. Having cashews in our diet improves your natural immunities against microbial infections.