Why cashews are not too fatty and how to avoid eating them by the handful
Cashews are like the rye chips (Gardetto’s) of trail mix. They’re the first to get eaten in a bag of less-appealing choices.
But, there’s one big difference between cashews and rye chips: Cashews are actually good for you, assuming you get the right ones. Plus, no matter what kind you get, there’s a simple way to avoid eating them by the handful. Let’s get crackin’.
Here’s what you need to know about cashews how their affect your body.
Raw cashews not that fatty
In their raw form, they aren’t too fatty.
Yes, they’re nuts, so they have some fat.
But relative to other nuts, they have a lot less fat.
Raw cashew fat facts
Here’s a rundown on the “good fat” in raw cashews.
- Mostly monounsaturated fat (54%).
- Lost of omega-6 fatty acids (2.2 g / oz).
- Signifacant portion is polyunsaturated fat (18%).
“Bad fat” only makes up 16% of raw cashews. So there is some fat to be concerned about. And, therefore, you should enjoy with some moderation.
But most of the fat in cashews is the good kind — the kind that increases good cholesterol, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, etc.
Raw cashew benefits continued
In their raw form are great in other ways. They:
- Keep your metabolism going fast (minerals).
- Protect nerve fiber (copper).
- Maintain healthy blood pressure (hardly any salt).
And while there are no academic studies, making cashew queso makes you (and your guests) happy. 🙂
Roasted cashews still have many of the same benefits as the raw ones. Good fats, minerals, etc.
The problem with roasted cashews, however, is that they’re:
- Higher in bad fat (roasted in oil).
- More salty (salted).
- More addicting to eat (see previous two).
While the roasted ones aren’t horrible for you, the “roastedness” makes them a lot less beneficial.
Eat less roasted
So, should you avoid cashews because they’re fatty? No way!
Should you eat less of the roasted kind than the raw kind? Yes. Absolutely.
How to avoid eating cashews by the handful
Raw cashews are great for you. Roasted cashews aren’t horrible for you. In moderation, both are a good, healthy snacks. Just remember that the former (raw) is far better than the latter (roasted).
So how the hell do you avoid eating them by the handful?
A tiny bowl
Put ’em in a tiny bowl. No, not a small bowl. A tiny bowl.
The bowl should only be able to fit one golf ball.
Instead of eating them by the handful, you’ll eat one or two at a time. All it takes is a tiny bowl!
Plus, they make a great dog treat.
Now you can enjoy cashews without worrying about them being too fatty. Take comfort knowing they’re actually good for you, especially raw cashews.
And don’t eat them straight from the bag. Get a tiny bowl and eat your cashews like your Life is NOYOKE.
Lenny Gale -
I get mine at Trader Joe’s.
Or, are you looking for something less obvious?
Anybody got a great source for raw cashews?