Cashews (Raw)

About Cashews

Cashews are a tree nut produced by the cashew tree.  They are native to Brazil, but are now primarily cultivated in Vietnam, Nigeria, and India.

Nutrition Benefits of Cashews

Cashews are rich in copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, thiamin, vitamin B6, and vitamin K.

Over 80% of the fats in cashews are unsaturated fats (known as the “healthier fats”).  2/3 of the unsaturated fats are mono-unsaturated fats and 1/3 is poly-unsaturated fats.  Poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats have both been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels.  An an example, Omega-3 is a type of poly-unsaturated fat.

Why Raw Cashews?

The benefit of roasted is that the heating process will kill any potential dangers from bad bacteria.  However, roasted cashews are typically roasted in soybean or canola oil and have salt added to them.  The roasting process also slightly degrades the nutrition quality of the nuts.  We don’t need or want those extras when putting cashews into a smoothie.

Nutrition Facts

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Cashews (Raw) scores well for 5 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Thyroid: Score 95

Academic Review:

Contains Vitamins B1 (28% RDA), B6 (21% RDA). B vitamins have a potential association with thyrotoxicosis. Contains magnesium (73% RDA), which Prevents exercise induced reduction in thyroid hormone. Contains selenium (28% RDA), which is related to a healthy thyroid. Low selenium levels in the thyroid tissue may increase thyroid cancer risk. Selenium may reduce antithyroid peroxidase antibodies’ levels in patients with Hashimoto disease. In areas with selenium deficiency there is a higher incidence of thyroiditis due to a decreased activity of selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase activity within thyroid cells. Low serum selenium was associated with a larger thyroid volume and a higher prevalence of thyroid enlargement. Contains zinc (39% RDA). A deficiency may contribute to thyroid cancer and increase thyroid volume. It prevents exercise induced reduction of thyroid hormones and testosterone.

Anemia: Score 92

Academic Review:

Contains iron (37% RDA) Contains magnesium (73% RDA), which may be associated with hemolytic anemia. Contains Vitamin K (43% RDA), which is therapeutic for anemia.

Blood Pressure: Score 86


Can have a positive effect on certain people with certain causes of hypertension.

Human Studies:

Cancer: Score 84


In Vitro: Cashew contains an anti-cancer catechol with activity against multidrug resistant cancer cell lines. Cashew has anti-cancer activity in breast cancer cell lines.

Lab Studies:

Breast Cancer: Score 82


In Vitro: Cashew has anti-cancer activity in breast cancer cell lines.

Lab Studies:

How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.



What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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