We have always heard that including nuts in your diet is the best option to lead a healthy lifestyle. This is accepted scientifically as well. Also, a research states that eating 42.52 grams of nuts per day as part of a healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease. Almonds and cashews both contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats, but almonds have a better fat profile. Cashews provide more vitamin K and zinc, but almonds make a better choice for fibers, vitamin E and calcium. Both cashews and almonds have their own health benefits but still they are a lot different.
Almonds- Good for your gut!
Almonds are regarded good for your guts as Almonds contain the most fiber — about three grams per ounce — compared to other nuts, and are richest in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. A test-tube study (funded by the Almond Board of California) found that the nuts raised levels of good bacteria that bolster the body’s immune system. So, we can say that Almonds may even help you slip into those skinny jeans which you are unable to fit in after your college days! Almonds are high in magnesium, and experimental studies have suggested that dietary magnesium intake may reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
CALORIE COUNT: 23 NUTS equals 170 CALORIES
Cashews: Booster for your brain
On the other hand cashews are regarded as Brainpower Boosters. Cashews are particularly rich in iron and zinc. Iron helps deliver oxygen to all of your cells, which can prevent anaemia, and zinc is critical to immune health and healthy vision. Cashews are also a good source of magnesium which acts as memory booster.
CALORIE COUNT: 23 NUTS equals 200 CALORIES
So far, no nut is a hands-down winner. But there is always the non-competitive approach: mixed nuts. Unsalted, of course! However, if you still wish to fit into those skinny jeans and maintain your weight loss program, almonds definitely have an upper hand over cashews.