Cashews have many secrets. Why aren’t they sold in their shells? Are they ever really raw? (Spoiler alert: no!) What’s this “cashew apple” you’ve heard about?? We take a quick dive into the world of cashew processing. Get ready to learn the many secrets of cashews.
Not all fats are bad for you, and some types of fat can actually help your heart health. Cashews contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, including oleic and palmitoleic acids (Nutrition and You, 2012). These are essential fatty acids that have been associated with lower levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol and higher levels of healthy HDL cholesterol. As a result, consumption of the monounsaturated fats in cashews is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Learn more about the health benefits of cashews.