Cashew Nuts (Raw – Not Roasted)
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Cashew nuts help prevent heart disease, lower the risk of diabetes, and even act as a cancer chemo-preventive agent. Roasted to perfection, for your total enjoyment!
5 MINUTES RECIPE
Raw Nuts Taco “Meat”
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds(or walnuts)
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin (or to taste)
pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you want more spice)
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (to taste, start with 1/4. If using salted nuts, you may not need salt!)
2-4 tbsp olive oil (or hemp, or flax, etc)
How to make
Put all ingredients into food processor. Pulse until you get desired consistency. Add more oil if it looks too dry. Do not over process or it will be a paste! The flavor is best once it sits a bit.
A number of studies have examined whether diets high in cashews can improve symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
One study found that a diet containing 20% of calories from cashews improved blood pressure in people with metabolic syndrome.
Another study noticed that cashews increased the antioxidant potential of the diet.
Interestingly, a few studies have shown that diets high in cashews may increase blood sugar in people with metabolic syndrome.
Another larger study observed that a diet rich in cashews reduced blood pressure and increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. However, it had no significant effects on body weight or blood sugar levels.