Do the cashews get fat? Its consumption in slimming diets

When we consider a diet of weight loss, either with the goal of losing weight because we have some extra kilos or because we simply want to enjoy a healthier weight, it is very common to have doubts about what foods we could consume and which we should definitely leave aside, either because their caloric intake is inadequate or because we simply do not know if it would be appropriate to eat it or not, although it is a food that gives us many benefits and nutritional properties.

This is what happens, for example, with cashew nuts, some nuts also known by the names of cachew chestnuts or cashews, one of the most popular nuts, known and characteristic, and that more doubts tends to produce in what refers to its nutritional content and its caloric intake.

Why? Mainly because it is known by all they are a tremendously rich food carbohydrates and also in fats, among other interesting aspects. In fact, they stand out for being a very nutritious food.

But what are cashew nuts? Basically we could define it as the fruit of the cashew, a tree that receives the same name of the fruit, which belongs to the family of Anacarduaceae and known from a scientific point of view with the name of Anacardium occidentale. It is a tree native to the Amazon region as well as to the northeast of Brazil.

What are the nutritional properties of cashew nuts?

As we indicated very briefly at the beginning of this note, the cashews stand out from a nutritional point of view for their incredible wealth in complex carbohydrates, specifically in the form of both starch and fiber. These carbohydrates are also called slow-absorbing carbohydrates, and are characterized because before they are absorbed they are broken down into simple carbohydrates and can be better assimilated.

This means that glucose molecules tend to be released little by little, so that blood sugar levels stay more stable and low for a longer time.

Despite their incredible contribution in carbohydrates (especially complex), did you know that cashews are extremely rich in healthy fatty acids? Moreover, in its content we find ourselves above all with fatty acids omega 6, ideal to improve blood circulation, reduce high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and for heart disease.

It also provides vitamins of group B, among which we can mention vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12, as well as vitamin A, C, E and D. And minerals such as iron, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, copper and calcium.

Nutritional record of the cashew nuts

And what happens in the end with the nutritional contribution of the cashew nuts? Specifically, 100 grams of cashews they contribute:

  • Energy contribution: 574.00 kcal.
  • Fat: 46 gr.
  • Proteins: 15 gr.
  • Carbohydrates: 32 gr.
  • Fiber: 3 gr.

So, can you eat cashew nuts in slimming diets?

Far from what can be thought, actually the cashews do not fatten. Moreover, their nutritional contribution and their benefits are much greater than their caloric and energy intake, hence we should not underestimate them.

In fact, although cashews contain a good number of calories (approximately 574 calories per 100 grams), the truth is that yes they can be consumed in a moderate way in slimming diets.

This is mainly due to the fact that most of these calories come from mono and polyunsaturated oils, which are rapidly metabolized but do not tend to be deposited in the form of fat.

In this sense we could almost say that cashew nuts tend to fatten much less than foods rich in saturated fats, such as sausages, cured cheeses or whole milk products, among others.

For it, the adequate ration would be 20 grams a day of cashews, the same recommended amount of other nuts just as healthy as for example is the case of walnuts waves almonds. This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist. ThemesNuts

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