Raw Cashew Nuts


Cashew Nut Shells is an evergreen tree found in the tropical regions and belongs to the plant family which also includes mango, poison oak and poison ivy. This tree grows up to a height of 30 feet (10 meters) and produces big oval-shaped leaves. Cashew Nut Shells bears flowers that have a yellow hue with pink stripes and emerge on the extended stems. The fruit of Cashew Nut Shells is basically a coagulated stem.

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Raw Cashew Nuts are biomass wastes that can provide energy through different ways. They can either be submitted directly to any thermochemical conversion process to generate energy or used to generate a biocrude, known as cashew nut shell liquid and a solid cake. Cashew nut shell liquid is an important and powerful bio-oil whose calorific value is comparable to that of petroleum oils. This cashew nut shell oil is also known as an important chemicals precursor that can be extracted from the shells through different ways, yielding different oil and cake qualities. The cake resulting from this process has less energy than the raw shells but can be used as solid fuel for energy generation as well. In previous studies raw cashew nut shells were studied as energy sources. In the present study, however, the focus is the cashew nut shell cake that remains after physical extraction of the cashew nut shell oil. The study intends to compare the volatiles and char yields as well as the pyrolysis kinetics of this material and those of raw cashew nut shells. The main objective is to generate information that can be used for the efficient use of cashew nut shells for energy or chemicals production.

Benefits Of Raw Cashew Nuts

1. Prevents Cancer

Proanthocyanidins are a class of flavonols which fight against tumor cells by stopping them to divide further. These proanthocyanidins and high copper content in cashew nuts help fight against cancerous cells and keeps you away from colon cancer. This is one of the major cashew nut benefits

2. Healthy Heart

Cashews contain low fat content when compared to other nuts and that too in the oleic acid form which is very healthy for heart. They are cholesterol free and the antioxidants present keeps you away from heart diseases

3. Lowers High Blood Pressure

Cashew nuts lower your blood pressure with the help of magnesium present in them.

4. Helps Hair

Copper is the mineral which helps your hair get that color. So if you take cashews which are full of copper content, you can get that black hair that you always wished for.

5. Healthy Bones

Like calcium, magnesium is also important for bone health which is the main content in cashew nuts.

6. Healthy Nerves

Magnesium is stored on the bones surface which prevents calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Insufficient amount of magnesium can lead calcium to enter the blood vessels leading them to contract. It also leads to high blood pressure, migraine headache etc.

7. Prevents Gallstones

Daily intake of cashew nut can reduce the risk of developing gallstones up to 25%.

8. Helps in Weight Loss

Even though cashew nuts are considered as fats, it contains good cholesterol . So contrary to popular belief, those who eat cashews at least twice a week gain less weight when compared to those who eat less.

9. Anti-oxidants

Selenium, copper, magnesium etc. act as co-factors for many enzymes.

10. Helps Digestion

Cashew nuts help in growth and development, nucleic acid synthesis and digestion

11. High on Vitamins

Cashew nuts are rich in vitamins like riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin etc. These vitamins keep you safe from sideroblastic anemia, pellagra, etc

12. Healthy Gums and Teeth

As mentioned before, the magnesium content present in cashew nuts is very good for bones. So it gives healthy teeth as well as strong gums to hold them.

13. Pleasant sleep

After menopause, these cashew nuts can give you relaxed and pleasant sleep during nights.

14. Free Radicals:

Cashew nuts help our body to utilize iron properly and eliminate free radicals which cause health problems.

15. Mascular Degeneration:

Cashew nuts have the ability to filter Sun’s UV rays and protect us from mascular degeneration .


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