Learn How Cashew Nuts Can Help You Lose Weight

Yes, cashew nuts are calorie-dense but a whole lot of people are unaware of how calorie-dense food such as cashew nuts can be helpful in their weight loss therapy.  Losing weight had been a thorn in the flesh of many. While exercises play a major role in ensuring you trim into your preferred size and weight, eating the right foods with appropriate portions based on your body chemistry and metabolism is also critical.

cashew nuts with pepper

For many years, nutritionist, dieticians and many other food enthusiasts have promoted the need to avoid consumption of this high fat, no cholesterol and high fibre snack because it has been labelled as fattening but no one did spoke on how portion control of this tree nut can be effective in weight loss therapy. Let us see how helpful the nut is.


Cashew Nuts As Hunger Reducer:

Many of my clients who approached me for a weight loss menu are somehow shocked when I included cashew nut into their diet especially when I discover they do not mind consuming it. Cashew nut is loaded with fats, some of which are the healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. The digestion of fats starts in the stomach but majorly carried out in the small intestine. The idea is that it will take a longer period for this healthy food to be digested, thereby extending satiety and reducing hunger, unlike carbohydrate-based foods that keep you hungry due to the fact that they digest very quickly.

If you limit your consumption to 18kernels of the roasted, salted or unsalted cashew nut during snack time, then the entire calorie you would have added to your body would not exceed 170kcal. This is significantly small compared to snacking on a bottle of coke and popcorn or meat pie or sausage roll or sweetened chips which will eventually keep you asking for more in no time and providing less nutrition.

Cashew Nuts High In Nutrition Value:

Fats had always been the bad macronutrients but it will surprise you to know that- you cannot lose those pounds of flesh without the inclusion of fats — the good fats. If you did, get ready for a bounce back.

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One advantage of Cashew nuts is that they are not only packed with fats, but they also contain a reasonable amount of fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, and vitamins which will serve to keep your body in state proper weight loss.

Don’t Throw Away Caution:

Even for vegetarians, an overdose of these veggies has been found to cause certain deficiencies. It suffices to say, no foods item should be consumed excessively, moderation does it. While the inclusion of a handful of cashew nut will improve your health and could help you lose weight, addiction to the nut might be counterproductive.

In weight loss therapy, portion control is imperative. I usually recommend eating no more than 150 grams of cashew nuts in a week. If you must eat daily for weight loss, just a few kernels would be okay as snacks.

Hey! I hope you are aware? Cashew nuts taste really nice too.



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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.


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