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Benefits of Cashews And Its Side Effects

Cashews are an extremely diverse form of nuts that provide a host of benefits. As they have a lot of nutrients filled in them, their benefits range from preventing heart disease, improving muscle and nerve health, reducing the risk of diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes), working as a cancer chemopreventive agent, promoting the development of important red blood cells (RBCs) which help transport oxygen to all parts of the body, reducing the risk of anemia, boosting bone and oral health, preventing the occurrence of gallstones, and boosting the immune system. While many people chose to eat cashew nuts raw, they can be roasted with salt or crushed and added to any dish for extra texture and taste. They are readily available all over the world in most supermarkets and are, therefore, not hard to procure.

Benefits of Cashews And Its Side Effects

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Cashews
Nutritional Value of Cashews
Health Benefits of Cashews
Prevents heart disease
Reduces the risk of diabetes
Works as a Cancer Chemopreventive Agent
Promotes the development of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)
Reduces the risk of anemia
Boosts bone and oral health
Prevents gallstones
Boosts the immune system
Uses of Cashews
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cashews
Cultivation of Cashews

Cashews

Cashews are nuts that are found at the bottom of cashew apples and in the shape of kidneys. They are widely popular throughout the world, especially in Asian and African countries. They are known as super nuts as they have so many nutritional benefits. They contain high quantities of proteins and various essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium. They also contain a host of vitamins such as vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6, E and K.

Nutritional Value of Cashews

In 100 grams of cashews, there is a total of 553 calories present. The total fat is 44g with 8g of saturated fat, 8g of polyunsaturated fat, and 24g of monounsaturated fat. It has 0 mg of cholesterol. It has 12mg of Sodium and 660mg of Potassium. It has a total carbohydrate of 30g out of which there area 3.3g of dietary fiber and 6g of sugar. It has 18g of protein and 3% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 37% of iron, 20% of vitamin B-6, 73% of magnesium, and 0% of vitamin A, C, D, and B-12.

Health Benefits of Cashews

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cashews
Health Benefits of Cashews

Prevents heart disease

Cashews are an excellent source of dietary fats. These fats are required by the body to absorb nutrients such as fat soluble vitamin A, D, E, and K, along with essential fatty acids that help with brain development and prevent blood clotting. Some of the vital healthy fats are polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) monounsaturated fats (MUFA), which help with reducing LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is extremely harmful as it can lead to various cardiovascular diseases and lowering its quantities in the blood helps significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. Cashews also increase the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body, reduce blood pressure, and reduce triglycerides, all of which contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system.

Reduces the risk of diabetes

Cashews are a delight for diabetics as they control the blood sugar levels and regulate insulin. They even help lower the risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

Works as a Cancer Chemopreventive Agent

Cashews have a variety of antioxidants such as anacardic acids, cardols, and cardinols, which is why they are quite effective for people who are undergoing treatment for cancer or tumors. Many cancer patients are advised to consume ground cashews as they are a rich source of protein that can be absorbed by the body quite easily.

Promotes the development of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)

Red blood cells (RBCs) are one of the most important types of cells present in the blood as they help transport oxygen from the lungs to the brain and other organs. Cashews are rich in copper, which helps with the metabolism of iron, formation of RBCs, and keeping the immune system healthy and functional at all times. Having an optimal level of RBCs in the body leads to better organ functions, reduced risk of tissue damage, and just more energy as a whole. Without RBCs, the organs start to deteriorate. Moreover, copper is an important nutrient for the body as without it, one can be at risk for anemia, osteoporosis, and irregular heartbeat.

Reduces the risk of anemia

Cashews have dietary iron in them. This nutrient helps with transporting oxygen all over the body to various organs, and also helps with the way the enzymes in the body function. Making cashews a regular part of the diet can help prevent fatigue, anemia, and even decrease the body’s susceptibility to random infections. Having just a few nuts on a daily basis can really go a long way for the health of your body as a whole.

Boosts bone and oral health

Cashews are rich in phosphorus, which is needed for the development healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also needed to properly synthesize proteins, absorb carbohydrates from food, and fats in the maintenance of cellular health.

Prevents gallstones

Gallstones are mainly deposits that consist of cholesterol that form into a stone like structure inside the gallbladder. They can impair the functioning of the gallbladder and are also quite painful. Including cashews in your daily diet can help you prevent the occurrence of gallstones.

Boosts the immune system

Cashews contain high amounts of zinc, which are extremely essential when it comes to boosting the immune system. It helps strengthen the system against microbial infections, helps with the healing of wounds, and protein synthesis. Pregnant women are often encouraged to eat cashews as they help with the development of the baby.

Uses of Cashews

Cashews are quite popular and are used while baking food, as well as while cooking savoury meals. They can be crushed and added to a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, or can just be eaten raw, roasted, and/or with salt.

Cashew Nut Shell Liquid: The cashew nut shell liquid (which is a byproduct of procuring cashews) is used to prepare paints, insecticides, drugs, resins, anti-termite treatments for timber, and plastics. It also has antibiotic effects and is used medicinally to treat a sore tooth, ringworm, scurvy, leprosy, warts, and elephantiasis.

Cashew barks and leaves: The cashew bark and leaf can be used to treat diarrhea as well as colic. The leaf extract also helps with reducing blood sugar levels and blood pressure. The bark has astringent properties and an infusion of the bark can be used to treat oral ulcers, sore throat, and even influenza. By boiling the leaves of the tree in water, one is left with an anti-pyretic that can be utilized to treat ache and pains all over the body.

Cashew Apple: The cashew fruit, also known as the cashew apple, has anti-bacterial uses and can treat ulcers in the stomach and gastritis. Since its juice has high contents of vitamin C, it can be used to prevent scurvy. A tea made with the juice can also treat dysentery. It can also be used to cure thrush in infants.

Cashew apples are widely used in South America to create sauces, curries, and jams, and is also often fermented into vinegar and liquor. This can only be had after steaming or boiling as its skin can often induce an allergic reaction.

Cashew Oil: Oil extracted from cashew seeds also has its share of uses. It treats cracked heels. When cashew seeds are powdered, they can be used to cure snake bites as they have a antivenom effects.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cashews

Kidney stones: Cashews are rich in oxalate salts, which tamper with the way calcium is absorbed in the body. The excess of calcium left unabsorbed can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

Cashew Allergy: Most people tend to be allergic to nuts, and cashews are essentially nuts. These allergies can range from severe to mild. One of the types of allergies that can be caused is known as contact dermatitis, which leads to rashes and itchiness on the skin when it comes into contact with cashews. An allergy to cashews can also lead to gastrointestinal discomfort in the form of nausea, coughing, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, and pain. Many patients also suffer from breathing difficulties if they have an allergic reaction to cashews. However, the most serious reaction to cashews is Anaphylaxis. It is a fast reaction that can take over the whole body if one is not careful. It can lead to the loss of consciousness, noisy breathing, swelling of the tongue and throat, and even paleness. It is a condition that certainly requires medical attention.

Cultivation of Cashews

Cashews are most commonly grown in areas that have a tropical climate. They are found in many countries such as India, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and Kenya. They are also a widely used ingredient in Brazilian cooking.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is the right quantity and correct form of including cashew nuts in the diet of a person with history of cholesterol/ hypertensive?

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Ill take the opportunity to educate you so I will be little lengthy, here it goes. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they're a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go. One drawback to nuts is that they're high in calories, so it's important to limit portions. But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet. Although a great deal of research suggests that nuts can benefit heart health and reduce the risks of dying early from heart disease and other causes, the evidence is still inconclusive. But, unless you're allergic to nuts, there's no real danger in eating nuts, so you can certainly include nuts as part of your heart-healthy diet. One way nuts may help your heart health is by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels. LDL plays a major role in the development of plaque that builds up on the blood vessels. Eating more nuts has also been linked to lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease. Eating nuts may also reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also appear to improve the health of the lining of your arteries. Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances: Unsaturated fats. It's not entirely clear why, but it's thought that the "good" fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in many kinds of fish, but many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack. Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts. L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. As much as 80 percent of a nut is fat. Even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it's still a lot of calories. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation. Ideally, you should use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products. Instead of eating foods with unhealthy saturated fats, try substituting a handful of nuts or a tablespoon or two of a nut spread. The American Heart Association recommends eating about four servings of unsalted nuts a week. Select raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than those cooked in oil. A serving is a small handful (1.5 ounces) of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter. But again, do this as part of a heart-healthy diet. Just eating nuts and not cutting back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products won't do your heart any good. The type of nuts you choose to eat probably doesn't matter much. Most nuts appear to be generally healthy, though some may have more heart-healthy nutrients than others. For example, walnuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are other nuts that appear to be quite heart healthy. And peanuts — which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans — seem to be relatively healthy. Keep in mind, you could end up canceling out the heart-healthy benefits of nuts if they're covered with chocolate, sugar or salt. Here's some nutrition information on common types of nuts. All calorie and fat content measurements are for 1 ounce, or 28.4 grams (g), of unsalted nuts. Type of nutCaloriesTotal fat Almonds, dry-roasted17014.9 g Almonds, raw16414.2 g Brazil nuts, raw18719 g Cashews, dry-roasted16313.1 g Chestnuts, roasted690.6 g Hazelnuts (filberts), dry-roasted18317.7 g Hazelnuts (filberts), raw17817.2 g Macadamia nuts, dry-roasted20421.6 g Macadamia nuts, raw20421.5 g Peanuts, dry-roasted16614.1 g Pecans, dry-roasted20121.1 g Pistachios, dry-roasted16213 g Walnuts, halved18518.5 g Nut oils are also a good source of healthy nutrients, but they lack the fiber found in whole nuts. Walnut oil is the highest in omega-3s. Consider using nut oils in homemade salad dressing or in cooking. When cooking with nut oils, remember that they respond differently to heat than do vegetable oils. Nut oil, if overheated, can become bitter. Just like with nuts, use nut oil in moderation, as the oils are high in fat and calories.

I am going to gym to build muscle can you please tell me protien rich foods that I can build muscle.

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
PROTEIN IN LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas  PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice  VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini  PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Can notaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon  PROTEIN IN NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black.
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Hai sir, I'm 26 years now and I'm very thin. How do I become fat? I eat lots of food, but there is no improvement yet. Should I start using proteins? What is a good diet that can make me fat? skinny genes problem?

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Take high protein foods like all milk and milk products, eggs, pulses, sprouts, nuts, tofu, rajmah, chole, soyabean, paneer, chicken, fish etc to gain healthy weight.
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I going to gym from 1 month please advise best protein supplement for me 65 kg weight.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
I suggest you easy method of weight gain just follow it for year you will gain weigh defiantly 1. Start exercise regularly for 3 month and then after 3 month leave it for 3 month at the time of exercise your diet will increase but same diet continue after 3 month when you stop exercise so thats why your weight will increase automatically now we discus about diet 2.take dates with milk in the morning breakfast 3.triphala kadha 4 tsp beore lunch and dinner 4.amala juice 4 tsp + 2tsp sugar + 2tsp honey in the morning empty stomach this take for 1.5 month only your weight gain will take definitely note=avoid over eating. When you are trying to gain weight, you should eat food the rich in vitamins and minerals. 1. Healthy food includes meat, egg, milk, fruit vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Cashews, almonds, dates, walnuts, dry grapes, apricots, peaches are some of the dried fruits and nuts that can be added to breakfast, salads, cereal and desserts. Sesame seeds, ground nuts, and peanuts also contain fats in them and can help in adding that extra pounds you desire. 2. Sometimes loss of appetite may also cause weight loss. So you should take following remedies improving weight A]triphala kadha 4tsp before lunch and dinner B]amala juice 4 tsp + sugar 2 tsp+ honey 2 tsp empty stomach in the morning umami flavor increases satiety and enhances appetite. Due to improving hunger and digestion whatever you will eat more and even you eat more it will digest properly and your weight will increase naturally without any supplement.

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9 Amazing Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Fazilka
9 Amazing Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts!

Cashew nuts or kaju as we know them in India are widely loved and used in almost every course of food, from starters and snacks to the main course to dessert. Apart from being a delectable food, it also has numerous health benefits.

Few of them are:
When compared to other nuts, they have low-fat content which is in the form of oleic acid, and oleic acid is good for the heart.

  1. Cashews also happen to be free of cholesterol and have anti-oxidants which help in keeping your heart healthy. 
  2. Magnesium present in the cashews helps them to prevent the rise in blood pressure.
  3. One major benefit of cashew nuts is that they help fight cancer. They have high copper content and also have flavonoids called proanthocyanidins which help fight cancer cells in colon cancer.
  4. The copper in cashews helps in maintaining the color of the hair.
  5. Cashews have magnesium and calcium, both of which are important for bone health.
  6. Eating cashews with help maintain the level of magnesium in bones and prevent calcium from penetrating nerve cells, thus ensuring healthy nerves.
  7. The minerals present in cashews makes it act as an antioxidant
  8. They help in growth, digestion, and development of the body.
  9. Despite being considered as fattening, cashews have good cholesterol, and eating them can also reduce your risk of gallstone formation
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Penis Health Diet: Optimal Food Choices!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Health Diet: Optimal Food Choices!

Guys into maintaining the fitness of their body understand the important role diet plays in staying healthy. The right food choices can make a huge difference in overall health; indeed, these same food choices can be instrumental in improving penis health as well. But what are some foods men should consider consuming if maintaining proper penis health is their goal? The following list includes some helpful choices.

1. Bananas

It's not just because of their phallic shape that bananas are recommended for improving penis health. Most fruits are a good choice for men, but the banana has several things going for it. First, it is a good source of potassium, which is great for heart health and blood circulation, both of which are helpful in erectile function. (Remember, the spongy tissue in the penis soaks up the blood to become erect. Better blood circulation aids this process, and the heart has to be in good shape to keep pumping that blood around.) Potassium also helps reduce sodium levels in the blood. Second, the banana contains tyrosine, an amino acid that helps produce the neurotransmitters that increase sex drive. People also get dietary fiber from bananas, and that can help lower cholesterol, keeping a guy in better shape for sexual shenanigans.

2. Cashews

Cashew nuts make a great snack, something to keep a guy going when he needs a little pick me up. They also are a good source of zinc, and the penis likes that. Zinc helps to block the enzyme responsible for breaking testosterone down into estrogen - thereby helping to keep testosterone levels higher, which can have an impact on sexual performance.

3. Blueberries

They're sometimes called Nature's Viagra, and while that may be carrying things a little far, there is a reason blueberries are associated with sexual performance. Blueberries are rich in flavonoids, which help those penile blood vessels relax and stay ready for an influx of blood. As with bananas, blueberries contain good fiber content, helping to eliminate "bad" cholesterol which can lead to blockages.

4. Tomatoes

The secret ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, a phytochemical that is another strong player in the increased blood flow sweepstakes. In addition to being an aid in erectile issues, tomatoes help keep the prostate healthy, further benefiting a man's sexual life.

5. Brussels sprouts

While Brussels sprouts historically have a reputation as "good for you but bad to taste," their recent prominence in the foodie culture has made them more palatable. Whether they suit a man's taste or not, they can still be quite helpful. These vegetables contain indole-3-carbinol, a compound helpful in boosting sex drive. Like zinc, it lowers estrogen levels, thus keeping testosterone at a higher level.

6. Pomegranates

A man gets benefits from consuming either the fruit itself or its juice. Antioxidant-rich, it's also high in fiber and potassium, making it a good bet for helping with penile blood flow issues. Some researchers believe it can be beneficial in keeping the genitals properly sensitized.

7. Shitake mushrooms

This little guy can pack a punch. It has high levels of zinc, the benefits of which have been discussed previously. It's also filled with vitamin D; the absence of enough vitamin D can lower sex drive. And it's a source for choline, which helps stimulate one of the neurotransmitters that get things revved up for a guy.

These food choices can help maintain penis health, especially if a guy also regularly uses a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). If the crème contains alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant, it can add a boost to the antioxidants in the foods listed above. The crème should also contain L-arginine, which can further aid in keeping open those penile blood vessels so that the organ can be ready and receptive for increased blood flow at appropriate times.

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Zinc Deficiency - How To Detect If You Are Suffering From It?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Zinc Deficiency - How To Detect If You Are Suffering From It?

Zinc deficiency is one epidemic that people are mostly unaware of. As per the data shared by World Health Organization, around 31% of the world population is suffering from zinc deficiency. The problem is also ranked 5th in the leading factors that cause several diseases. It is also a primary reason why underdeveloped nations suffer from high mortality rate as zinc deficiency is associated with child pneumonia and diarrhea.

Every person, young or old, needs to have a regular intake of zinc for a healthy life, which it is known as an essential nutrient. It is also present in every cell, tissue, bone and fluid in the human body; zinc is especially prevalent in male semen and prostate glands.

Common Symptoms Of Zinc Deficiency

Unfortunately, millions of people suffering from zinc deficiency are unaware of their condition. However, looking out for certain key indicators can help in identifying the problem before it becomes severe. Here are the common symptoms of zinc deficiency that everyone must look out for:

  1. Poor Neurological Function - Zinc is an absolute necessity for neuropsychologic performance and growth. Low levels of zinc lead to attention disorders in infants, which may persist till the adulthood. But, it doesn’t mean you will start pumping your kids with an overdose of zinc. It has been found that zinc is absorbed best with other nutrients and especially when taken with whole foods.
  2. Weak Immunity - Your immune function works best when it has an adequate amount of zinc. It is vital for the growth of T-Cell and differentiating white blood cells to keep diseases at bay. Zinc is also necessary for the structural component of the hormone receptors. They contribute exponentially to have a healthy and balanced immune function.
  3. Diarrhea & Leaky Gut -  Impaired immunity causes zinc deficiency diarrhea, which can become a persistent health problem. Every year diarrhea affects nearly 2 million children worldwide, and most of them are suspected to have a zinc deficiency and bacterial infection. Leaky gut, also called intestinal permeability can lead to a slew of health problems like skin allergies, thyroid problems, and nutrient malabsorption.

Zinc Rich Foods You Must Include In Your Diet

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms shared above, then you might be suffering from the zinc deficiency. To improve the level of zinc in your body, you can either take all natural zinc supplements. But, supplements usually contain several forms of zinc like zinc sulfate, zinc acetate and more. Thus, it is better to include the below-shared foods in your diet, which contain a high amount of zinc:

  1. Pumpkin seeds –1/2 cup: 8.4 mg
  2. Grass-fed Beef – 4 oz: 5.2 mg
  3. Lamb – 4 oz: 5.2 mg
  4. Cashews – 1/2 cup: 3.8 mg
  5. Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) – 1 cup cooked: 2.5 mg
  6. Mushrooms – 1 cup cooked: 1.9 mg
  7. Chicken – 4 oz: 1.6 mg
  8. Kefir or Yogurt – 1 cup: 1.4 mg
  9. Spinach – 1 cup cooked: 1.4 mg
  10. Cocoa powder – 1 Tbsp: 0.4 mg

    If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a general physician.

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How Dry Fruits Help Us To Stay Fit?

Diploma in Diet,Health & Nutritions
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
How Dry Fruits Help Us To Stay Fit?

Munch on with dry fruits to stay fit: 

Dietician and nutritionists usually advise to #treat yourself with dry fruits to stay healthy. It is highly nutritious and healthy snack. Dried fruit has lot of micronutrients, fiber and antioxidants. One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit.

Our dietician ekta jain explains us the qualities of different dry fruits and how they affect our health:
1. Almond: It’s a healthy substitute for snacking option and can be enjoyed anytime considered very useful for both mental and physical development of body.
2. Cashews: Loaded with health benefits and are rich source of vitamin e and b6. Can be used to add texture and flavor to various dishes.

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Leading A Stressful Life? 6 Foods You Must Eat!

MSc. Foods & Nutrition, BSc. Dietitics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Leading A Stressful Life? 6 Foods You Must Eat!

A stressful life increases the cortisol content in our body, which in turn is responsible for increasing our craving for food. Often these cravings are more inclined towards sweets. An increased sweet consumption worsens our mood and is responsible for an array of complications such as obesity, diabetes etc. On top of this, the cortisol releases an enzyme called cortisone, which further increases the cortisol content in the body. In order to avoid this complication which results from a stressful life, here is a diet that will keep you in good state:

  1. Asparagus: Asparagus has is an ideal low-calorie option. Its high folate content helps to keep the body cool and composed. Asparagus can be consumed with salads or in the form of crisp and broiled snacks. Regular intake of this will go a long way in keeping you healthy under stressful situations.
  2. Avocados: One single serving of avocado can do good to your body. This creamy fruit has enough glutathione to block intestinal absorption of many kinds of fat. Avocados are also rich in folate, vitamin B, vitamin E, lutein and beta carotene. However, owing to its fat content, too much intake of this fruit doesn’t prove to be very beneficial for the body. This can be consumed as a whole or along with sandwiches and burgers.
  3. Berries: All kinds of berries are extremely rich in vitamin C, which is known to be a very effective combat for stress. Blueberries are one of the best antioxidants that occur naturally. Apart from this, berries also have the unique ability to reduce cortisol in the body. 3-4 berries can be included in the diet to experience immediate results.
  4. Cashews: There are a lot of misconceptions about cashews contributing to fat. While they possess fat, they are a great source of protein as well. Cashew is a rich source of zinc that is responsible for combatting stress, depression and anxiety. 2-3 pieces of cashews can be consumed on a daily basis.
  5. Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea has a soothing effect on the body. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania showed that Chamomile tea greatly helps in fighting stress and has a calming effect on the body. A separate study by the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that Chamomile Tea helps in getting sleep.
  6. Garlic: Garlic is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals in the body. Allicin is a critical compound found in garlic, which helps to fight against common cold, heart diseases and even cancer. Garlic also fights against stress and maintains calm. This can be consumed with your meals on a regular basis. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dietitian-nutritionist.
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Table of Content

Cashews
Nutritional Value of Cashews
Health Benefits of Cashews
Prevents heart disease
Reduces the risk of diabetes
Works as a Cancer Chemopreventive Agent
Promotes the development of Red Blood Cells (RBCs)
Reduces the risk of anemia
Boosts bone and oral health
Prevents gallstones
Boosts the immune system
Uses of Cashews
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cashews
Cultivation of Cashews