Cashews: 6 reasons to feed your child everyday

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Cashew! Consuming 4-8 cashews for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

Cashews are increasingly becoming common as cooking medium in households. They are just perfect replacement to dairy-based cheese or milk. Worldwide, families are preferring plant-based cashew for their vegan diet. Not only is the nut nutritious, but it is also extremely creamy and slightly sweetish in flavour which works perfect for various desserts and gravy.

Overall health: Cashew is a great source of antioxidants that keep body healthy and disease free by neutralising free radicals and reducing inflammation. Study presents that roasted cashews appear to have an increased antioxidant level compared with raw cashews.

Bones: Being high in Copper, Calcium, Manganese and Magnesium, this nut supports stronger bones. Deficiency of these minerals have shown to cause osteoporosis later in life.

Eyesight: Due to excessive pollution and screen time, kids often suffer from eye infection and weak vision. Cashews contains a powerful antioxidant called Zea Xanthin which is absorbed by retina and helps in maintaining eye health.

Digestion: Cashews are good source of fibre which aids in better digestion. Some research suggests that consuming whole, raw cashews benefits in weight loss too since only 70% fat of the nut is absorbed by the body and the rest is excreted with fibre. However excessive consumption may cause bloating.

High Energy: Cashews are one of the most ideal source of quick energy for atheletes since they are high in protein. It is also a rich source of copper which is necessary to absorb iron in the body to keep energy levels high (haemoglobin high)

Hair and Skin: Copper in cashew helps in building skin and hair pigment which also gives the colour and shine. It also supports production of collagen and elastin resulting in healthy skin.

Cashews should be consumed raw, not salted. This is primarily because cashew and salt together decrease the nutrition of the body. Cashew is a great source of calcium for bones. Salt has sodium. When calcium combines with sodium, it results in lack of absorption of calcium by the body which causes weaker bones and teeth. You can read more about this here.

There is some research on how the nutrition property changes when the nuts are consumed raw vs. roasted. For cashews, roasting the nut increases the lineolic acid (good for our brain, heart) significantly. Roast and enjoy!

Recipe for Cashew Sweet

  • ¾ cup water 
  • 6 dates
  • 2 tbsp jaggery (add for more sweetness)
  • 2 fresh cardamom powder 
  • 6 fistful of cashews
  • 1/2 cup Milk 
  • 1 tbsp ghee or unsalted butter

Soak dates in hot water for 5 minutes and purée it.  Now cook dates puree and remaining water along with jaggery in a NON STICK pan. Once the syrup becomes thick and starts becoming a darker colour (in 5-7 minutes), add the powder of cashew nut to the pan. Add milk. Add ghee. Now keep stirring till the mixture starts to come together and becomes like a dough (5-7 minutes). It will start coming off the edge of the pan and become like a big ball. Switch off gas. Add cardamom powder to the mixture and mix. 

You can add or remove any nut or seed you like. Just make sure the total portion of nut is the same. Add more milk if required to cook the whole mixture. 

Take butter paper and apply some ghee to it and spread the mixture on it. Let it cool outside or refrigerate once cool. Cut in any shape. 

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