February 03, 2018

Cholesterol worries have given cashews a bad name. Now those who have keep away from cashews can heave a sigh of relief. A new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, has shown that raw cashews - not fried or roasted- have significant health benefits. More so to diabetics. 

“It was earlier believed that all nuts were bad as they contain quite a lot of calories and people thought taking nuts would result in increased weight and high cholesterol. However, during the last decade or so, the nutritional value of nuts (almonds, pistachios and walnuts) and their health benefits have been proved by many studies. This particular study was done on cashew consumption among diabetics,” says V. Mohan, director, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, and lead author.

Cashews on a spoon

The study was conducted in Chennai on participants with Type-2 diabetes, who were given 30 gm of raw cashews to consume daily, alongside their regular diet. After 12 weeks, there was a significant decrease in blood pressure and increase in good cholesterol, without any harmful effects on body weight, blood sugar and bad cholesterol. 

However, a word of caution. The study was done on raw cashew nuts. The benefits might be diminished if the nuts are roasted, salted, or fried with ghee.