We knew a little something about the health benefits of cashews but we had no idea that there was a day dedicated to them. If we could devote a day to any nut it would be for cashew nuts. Eating cashews makes us happy, and for good reason. Not only are they delicious, but also they are high in tryptophan, which turns into serotonin and contributes to you feeling great. According to Dr. Andrew Saul, a therapeutic nutritionist and editor-in-chief of Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, “Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000-2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants.”
So, apparently that time we ate our body weight in cashew nuts and then couldn’t stop smiling for hours wasn’t a total coincidence. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a handful of cashews a day can keep you in a good mood, and that seems equally important. In celebration of National Cashew Day, here are 14 reasons why cashews always win in our book.
1. They’re referred to as ‘nature’s vitamin pill’. Packed with nutrients and health benefits, it is no wonder cashews have been nicknamed nature’s vitamin pill. We’d rather chew on a delicious cashew than swallow a pill any day.
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