A clinical trial showed that there was a significant decrease in the systolic blood pressure and a significant increase in the good cholesterol or the HDL cholesterol levels in this group. There was no deleterious effect of cashew nuts consumption on body weight, blood sugars, glycated hemoglobin or LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
Cashew nuts are generally not recommended by nutritionists and doctors in India. But what is not known is that cashew nuts contain healthy fats such as Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA). They are also a good source of antioxidants, plant sterols and other micro-nutrients such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. Indian diet is traditionally deficient in MUFA, a good type of fat, and cashew nut supplementation can help to improve the MUFA content.
Although about 20 per cent of the fat in cashew nut is of the saturated variety and it is predominantly stearic acid. This is relatively neutral on blood lipids suggest that cashew nuts could have beneficial effects that are similar to those of other nuts. This news sounds like music to ears for cashew nut lovers. However, it must be noted that the study that is going on is using raw cashew nuts. The beneficial effects of cashew may be mitigated if the nuts are salted or roasted in unhealthy oils or ghee.
Regular consumption of cashew nuts can also help in improving the satiety. This will lead to a reduction of food intake especially carbohydrate intake of the subsequent meal. These could be one of the mechanisms to explain the lack of weight gain in this study despite taking cashew nuts which are quite high on calorie. So cashwe nut can prove itself very helpful in improving and maintaining people health.