Cashews really deserve so much more recognition! You can use them to make sauces, dressings, desserts, cheese… the list goes on. Not only are they a staple in many plant-based households, they provide a wide range of nutrients for the body.
Cashews were originally native to South America and particularly Brazil, but when their multitude of health benefits was discovered, they were introduced by colonists to growing climates in Africa and India. Cashews are full of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health, and some components are actually essential to human development.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and folate help the body form red blood cells (erythrocytes). The primary function of erythrocytes is to carry oxygen from the lungs to body tissues and remove carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs for expulsion from the body. Vitamin B6 maintains normal brain function and plays a vital role in the use of proteins. The more protein you eat, the more pyridoxine your body requires to effectively use it. Cashews become an ideal carrier of B6, as they contain on average 18g of protein per 100g quantity.
Cashews are high in monounsaturated fats, which many accredited studies have shown to lower levels of harmful cholesterol (LDL), the compound which causes many cardiovascular diseases. Studies show that those who eat nuts and other plant based sources of monounsaturated fats regularly may have up to a 37% reduction in risk of heart attack and stroke.
The presence of minerals such as magnesium and copper offer many functions as well. Magnesium aids in muscle relaxation and neuromuscular transmissions and is crucial for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. A magnesium deficiency can lead to issues such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndromes, and osteoporosis. Copper is linked directly to bone health, and repairs connective tissues by maintenance of the collagen and elastin in our ligaments.
Beyond these health benefits, Frauxmage also contains easy-to-understand and clean label ingredients — vegan probiotics, nutritional yeast, and bacterial cultures — that lend their own arsenal of benefits for the body.
We’re proud to bring you a product that not only rivals the taste and texture of your favourite cheeses, but actually benefits your physical and mental wellbeing.
Cashew cheese is happy cheese!