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Are cashew nuts bad for you?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by willie45, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Well are they?

    I want you to say they're not because, I've just eaten a hell of a lot of them, despite crit from my significant other

    Seriously I keep hearing differnent stories about the health advantages/disadvantages of such nuts

    Willie
     
  2. Old git

    Old git In the Stop Bath

    All things in moderation mate. Nuts can be extremely good for you but they are usually very high in calories
     
  3. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    But Dave, I love these particular nuts ;)

    Seriously though. I keep hearing about nuts being lethal, and also nuts being really good for you. I just don't know whether I should avoid them or stuff my face with them

    Willie
     
  4. Old git

    Old git In the Stop Bath

    Don't avoid them but don't pig out either.

    All nuts are possibly lethal if you had a nut allergy. Which you obviously don't.... hell of a way to find out. lol :eek:
     
  5. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    They are quite high in calories but also in Monounsaturated fats that are good for your heart. And I didn't know they came from apples!
    http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=98

    Unsalted ones would be better. My parrot likes about half a dozen a day - not sure if that is excessive but I hear about it if he doesn't get them!
     
  6. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper

    Willie you would only have a problem if you have or were to get a general nut allergy, I eat Cashews including Cashew Nut butter because I have a Peanut allergy, most likely caused through eating too many Peanuts, eating Peanut Butter by the Jar and using Groundnut (Peanut) Oil for cooking/stir frying with. As others have said, moderation is the key, try to find a middle ground :(
     
  7. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The salt on them is claimed to be bad for you.

    Trouble is if you ate none of the things said to be bad for you you'd be left with a small selection of things remaining that were supposedly good, then you'd suffer from malnutrition. Answer eat a balanced diet including things you like. We all have things we like and others we won't eat. I won't eat anything containing dessicated coconut.
     
  8. BikerMike

    BikerMike Well-Known Member

    Tell him they'll kill him, then there'll be more for us :)

    Regards, Mike
     
  9. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Thanks folks. Good link Alex. I don't fancy that cashew resin much :eek:

    I suspect the limits of my knowledge of cashews come from and episode of "Frasier" where he doesn't advertise nuts on the grounds they are full of fat and covered in salt. IIRC these are peanuts though.

    I know the salt and calories are not good things but was really curious about nut fat. Seems the consensus here is the fat is a good thing. Bring them on!! :) :)

    Willie
     
  10. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    I much prefer peanuts - or any other variety of nut except pistachio - to cashew.

    There is no issue with nuts as part of a balanced diet, unless you happen to be allergic - and, despite the scare stories, not many people are. Living on a pure nut diet might not be advisable but it probably wouldn't kill you even in the long term, unless you ate far too much or far too little, nuts are a good source of essential fats, protein, essential vitamins and minerals. Raw unsalted nuts are preferable to salted / roasted nuts for a variety of reasons.
     
  11. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    You can also get unsalted roasted cashews which may help to wean you off the salted variety!
     
  12. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    LOL and I wanted a parrot :rolleyes:
     
  13. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    An excess of pretty much is going to be bad for you, including water and oxygen. :D
     
  14. 0lybacker

    0lybacker Well-Known Member

    The last few times I've looked at bags of the things in a well-known chain of 'health emporia' (as well as the supermarket) I have felt immediately slightly ill ...

    ... as I have realised what the price of cashews is going to do to my bank balance at current rates if I buy them. :(:mad::(

    They are actually one of the best nuts to eat from a variety of dietetic viewpoints and used to enjoy them as a kid when they were cheaper than most other nuts.

    PS. Try to stay away from the salted varieties. Nice. Addictive. But definitely bad for you in large quantities, irrespective of price.
     
  15. 0lybacker

    0lybacker Well-Known Member

    Well! Having just read the above, it looks like everything my old Mum told me was right. Now, there's a thing!
     
  16. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    Cashew butter on Ryvita tastes great and makes a good, nutritious snack (whilst not being too 'hair shirt'!)
    :)
     
  17. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Like anything else in moderation (and preferably unsalted- the only salted nuts I like are peanuts- which incidentally aren't nuts at all) nuts are fine as a part of a balanced diet. I think there's good and bad in everything we eat- today I stopped off at my local cafe for a milkshake and poached eggs on toast with a splash of ketchup. Milkshake- high in sugar but also a bloody good source of protein and calcium (the latter being especially important when you're a 54 year old woman). Poached eggs- eggs are a good source of protein, iron and even a bit more calcium and not fried. Toast some fibre some calcium some iron. Tomato ketchup- bit heavy in sugar (but I only had a splash) but a source of lycoprene

    Oh and as I just had a nasty hour or so doing some various odds and ends, despite the start of hay fever making me feel dreadful the psychological benefits of sitting down, destressing and letting the World go by may not be nutritional but certainly lifted my wood
     
  18. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    MOOD! Before you get any stranger than usual ideas
     
  19. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    I like the unsalted raw cashew nuts. Too much I think judging by my weight :eek:
     
  20. Old git

    Old git In the Stop Bath

    Whistles "if you go down to the woods today" :)
     

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