The fat present in cashew nuts are responsible for growth of good cholesterol and reduction of the bad cholesterol. Kaju gives a lot of energy and also keeps you satiated for a long time. Therefore, you can consume 3-4 cashew nuts everyday for proper weight management.
The cashew apple or cashew fruit, is the fleshy part of the cashew fruit attached to the cashew nut. The top end of the cashew apple is attached to the stem that comes off the tree. The bottom end of the cashew apple attaches to the cashew nut, which is encased in a shell. In botanical terms, the cashew apple is an accessory fruit that grows on the cashew seed (which is the nut).
The cashew apple can be eaten fresh, cooked in curries, or fermented into vinegar, as well as an alcoholic drink. It is also used to make preserves, chutneys, and jams in some countries such as India and Brazil. In many countries, particularly in South America, the cashew apple is used to flavor drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic.
Cashew nuts are more widely traded than cashew apples, because the apple, unlike the nut, is easily bruised and has very limited shelf life. Cashew apple juice, however, may be used for manufacturing blended juices.
Cashew apples have a sweet but astringent taste traced to the waxy layer on the skin that contains a chemical, urushiol, which can cause minor skin irritation to areas that have had contact with it. In cultures that consume cashew apples, this astringency is sometimes removed by steaming the fruit for five minutes before washing it in cold water; alternatively, boiling the fruit in salt water for five minutes or soaking it in gelatin solution also reduces the astringency.
See unique health benefits Cashew offers to you;
- Keeps the the Brain Healthy and enhances its functionality
- Improve Heart Functioning
- Good for Preventing Cancer
- Prevent Gallstones in the body
- Treats Obesity and Helps in Weight Loss
- Helps blood flow
- Enhances Eye Health and Vision Clarity
- Keeps the Blood Healthy
- Helps treatment of Diabetes
- Catalyst for Digestion
- Keeps the Skin fresh and healthy
- Strengthen and tones Bones
- Keeps the Hair Shiny
- Keeps the Teeth and Gums healthy
- Good for Preventing Headaches
According to a research by carried out by R. Bhakyaraj and K. Singaravadive, The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale L.) is a tropical tree native of Brazil and is being extensively grown in India, East Africa and Vietnam (Muniz et al., 2006). A main product from cashew tree is cashew nut (true fruit), which is rich in fat and protein. After picking the nut from the peduncle (cashew apple-pseudo fruit) (Garruti et al., 2006) cashew apple become biowaste. Cashew apple is used as a remedy for chronic dysentery and for sore throat in Cuba and in Brazil (Morton, 1987). Most of the fruit by-products could be used as functional ingredients when designing health foods (functional foods), especially non-digestible carbohydrates (dietary fiber) and bioactive compounds (ascorbic acid and flavonoids) (Laufenberg et al., 2003). Cashew apples are available in India in huge quantities but they find little commercial application at present except the manufacture of fenny (a type of brandy) and pectin (Maini and Anand, 1993; Ward and Ray, 2006).
Cashew apple juice is rich in sugars (Azevedo and Rodrigues, 2000), antioxidants (Trevisan et al., 2006; Kubo et al., 2006) and vitamin C (Azevedo and Rodrigues, 2000) and is widely consumed in Brazil (Nagaraja, 2007). Cashew apple juice has the potential to be a natural source of vitamin C and sugar in processed foods (De Carvalho et al., 2007). Cashew nut has a fine taste and a market potential but cashew apple even though rich in nutritive values like vitamin C and minerals, i.e., Ca, P, Fe it is not accepted as food because it contains high tannin content and astringent taste however, the bioactive compounds, vitamins and minerals present in it, should be explored for other value addition.
Cashew nuts may also cause bloating, constipation, weight gain, and joint swelling in some people. But these side effects are rare. When applied to the skin: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if cashew is safe. If the unroasted cashew is used it might cause skin irritation, redness, and blisters.
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