Day of the cashew nuts. Why are they useful?

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The cashew nut originally comes from tropical Brazil. The Tikuna Indians ate the bark, leaves and yellow fruits of the tree. During the harvest, the settlers even organized “Acaya Wars”, because cashews were a very valuable product. There were times when someone was fined for cutting down a tree.

So far, the largest cashew plantations in the world are located in Brazil. But the main supplier of this nut in the world market are Vietnam, India and Nigeria.

By the way, the name of the nut comes from the Greek word kardia, which means heart. This is the name of the apple (false fruit), where the nut is located. It resembles an irregular heart shape.

What are the benefits of cashew nuts?

The composition of the nut is so diverse that cashews have a positive effect on the entire human body. Cashews contain unsaturated fatty acids – omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, which interact with each other and perfectly support the functioning of the nervous system.

In addition, cashews often become a source of B vitamins, as well as useful minerals such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, and so on.

For example, nuts contain 73% of the daily requirement of magnesium, which is responsible for muscle contractions. If this mineral does not enter the body, spasms and convulsions will occur in the limbs. A dozen cashews a day is the ideal amount to prevent a magnesium deficiency.

Cashew fights cholesterol plaques on the blood vessels, regulates the level of the lumen of the blood vessels. Walnut protects the body against the development of atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis and abnormal hematopoiesis.

Cashew has anti-diabetic properties, lowers sugar and prevents the complications of diabetes. Reduces inflammatory reactions. Walnut is useful for atherosclerosis. Like almonds, cashews affect the respiratory system, improve skin condition and have a beneficial effect on hair and nails.

Can cashews be harmful?

Cashew nuts can cause individual intolerance. Therefore, the first time you need to try it in small portions – 1-2 nuts. In addition, cashews are usually sold in roasted form. Because the layer between the shell and the core is poisonous. But heat treatment removes possible negative consequences.

What is cooked with cashew nuts?

Oil is made from nuts, which is added to salads, soups, side dishes. It gives the dishes an original sour taste and aroma. Cashews are mixed with other nuts and a healthy mix is ​​recommended as a snack on the go or at work. Whole nuts are added to Asian dishes.

Try the cashew chicken.

You will need:

• Chicken fillet – 2 pcs

• Red pepper – 1 piece

• Green onions – ½ bunch

• Cashew nuts – 80 g

• Garlic – 5 cloves

• Onion – 1 piece

• Olive oil – 2 tablespoons

• Chili pepper, soy sauce, sesame and vegetable oil – to taste

Pre-marinated chicken meat in olive oil, soy sauce and garlic, hold for several hours.

Then cut the breast into strips and fry in a pan with vegetable oil until golden brown. Add soy sauce. Finely chop the green onion and chili pepper. Chop the onion and bell pepper, slice the garlic cloves. Fry for 5 minutes while stirring. Add sesame oil, mix everything well and fry for another 5 minutes, you do not need to cover the lid, the vegetables should be slightly crispy in the finished dish. A wok is best for deep-frying, but a regular deep-fat fryer is also possible. Serve chicken with rice, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at