Wednesday, November 23, 2016

National Cashew Day

Who knew?

Cashews: photo by Cliff Hutson
Cashews: photo by Cliff Hutson

National Cashew Day is celebrated annually on November 23. This day was first observed in 2015; so I am not embarrassed about not finding out about it until yesterday.

But, I have enjoyed eating them for years. Not only are these so-called nuts tasty, they are healthy. Cashews contain copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and vitamin K, along with lesser-known phytonutrients, such as antioxidants, tyrosinase, melanin, elastin, proanthocyanidins, and oleic acid, provide hard-to-ignore benefits for the body. The seed, or drupe, can be eaten on its own, used in various cuisines, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. 

I am not a doctor, nor do I portray one on TV, but I have read that one can lower their risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease by eating a serving of cashews or a tablespoon of cashew butter, a few times a week.


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