Cashew Butter

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£4.30

A satisfyingly crunchy spread made of 100% highest quality Cashew nuts, lightly roasted and stone milled to preserve their great taste and aroma, mixed with Cashew nuts pieces. Excellent source of vitamins and minerals, this highly nutritious butter is healthy and enjoyable on its own (try it on toasted bread) or as an ingredient in other dishes.

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Description

Both the Smooth and the Crunchy varieties are made of 100% highest quality cashew nuts – and nothing else. The nuts were lightly toasted and stone milled to a fine paste. They differ in texture only. While the Smooth contains just the paste of grounded cashew nuts, the Crunchy is mixed with bits of broken cashews, adding highly palatable “crunchiness” to the taste. Each jar contains 170g.

Culinary Use

In general, Cashew Butter can be used wherever and whenever one would otherwise use peanut butter. It does have, though, a very distinct taste quite different from the peanut butter (for more about the differences between the two from the nutritional point of view see below). It is fabulous on it’s own, spread on freshly toasted bread. As the product is made of 100% cashew nuts, without any additives whatsoever, you may wish to add a pinch of salt and/or some drops of honey, maple syrup or sugar to suit your taste.

Cashew Butter can be used as an ingredient in salad dressing or as an original dip (prepared like Tahini). Both varieties can be used to enhance stir fries and oriental dishes such as Thai chicken and Chicken Satay. For deserts and sweet treats, Cashew  Butter has a respectable range of uses as a main ingredient in baking cookies, fudges and such like. The use is really only bound by your imagination! You can, of course, do some online research too…

Health Benefits

Wikipedia states the following health benefits of Cashew  Butter: The fats and oils in cashew nuts are 54% monounsaturated fat (18:1), 18% polyunsaturated fat (18:2), and 16% saturated fat (9% palmitic acid (16:0) and 7% stearic acid (18:0)). Cashews, as with other tree nuts, are a good source of antioxidants. Alkyl phenols, in particular, are abundant in cashews. Cashews are also a good source of dietary trace minerals copper, iron and zinc.can

Another online source claims the following benefits associated with eating cashew nuts:

  1. Cashews are high in calories. 100 g of nuts provide 553 calories. They are packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals that help protect from diseases and cancers.
  2. They are rich in “heart-friendly” monounsaturated-fatty acids like oleic, and palmitoleic acids. These essential fatty acids help lower harmful LDL-cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet, which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
  3. Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals. Minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium are concentrated in these nuts. A handful of cashew nuts a day in the diet would provide enough of these minerals and prevent deficiency diseases. Selenium is an important micronutrient, which functions as a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes such as Glutathione peroxidases, one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
  4. Cashews are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). 100 g nuts provide 0.147 mg or 32% of daily-recommended levels of pyridoxine. Pyridoxine reduces the risk of homocystinuria, and sideroblastic anemia. Niacin helps prevent “pellagra” or dermatitis. Additionally, these vitamins are essential for metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrates at cellular levels.
  5. Further, the nuts are also containing a small amount of zea-xanthin, an important pigment flavonoid antioxidant, which selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes. It is thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV ray filtering functions and helps prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) in the elderly.

Nutrition Facts

The table below shows the high level breakdown of nutritional elements in just 20g of Cashew Butter:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz

Amount Per Serving

Calories

117

Calories from Fat 83

% Daily Value*

Total Fat

10g

15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol

0mg

0%

Sodium

3mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate

6g

2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Sugars 0g

Protein

4g

Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% · Iron 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Evidently, most of the calories (83 out of 117) are derived from the fat content. The good news is that the vast majority of that fat is of the GOOD variety! The chart below shows the proportion of good fats (green) in cashew in relation to bad fats (in red). Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.

The chart below shows good fats in Nuts, Cashew Butter, plain, without salt added in relation to bad fats. Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.
Good Fat and Bad Fat comparison for 20 grams of Nuts, cashew butter, plain, without salt added

Polyunsaturated Fats: Polyunsaturated fat can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish, algae, leafy greens, and krill. Whole food sources are always best, as processing and heating may damage polyunsaturated fats.

Monounsaturated Fats: Foods containing monounsaturated fats reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, while possibly increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. [“You Can Control Your Cholesterol: A Guide to Low-Cholesterol Living”. Merck & Co. Inc.].

Trans Fatty Acids: The National Academy of Sciences has concluded there is no safe level of trans fat consumption. This is because any incremental increase in trans fat intake increases the risk of coronary heart disease. [Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). National Academies Press. p. 504].

Saturated Fats: Consumption of saturated fat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in the view of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand and the World Heart Federation.

As noted above, Cashew Butter contains high concentrations of vital vitamins and minerals. See details below, along with the percentage of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of each, provided by just 20g of Cashew Butter:

Vitamin Content
Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz
Amount RDI%
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin B6 0.0504 mg 3%
Vitamin B12 0 mcg 0%
Vitamin B12, Added ~
Vitamin C 0 mg 0%
Vitamin D 0 IU 0%
Vitamin D2 ~
Vitamin D3 ~
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0 mcg 0%
Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol) ~
Vitamin E, Added ~
Vitamin K ~
Thiamin 0.0624 mg 4%
Riboflavin 0.0374 mg 2%
Niacin 0.3198 mg 2%
Pantothenic Acid 0.2402 mg 2%
Folate 13.6 mcg 3%
Folate, Food 13.6 mcg 3%
Folate, DFE 13.6 mcg DFE 3%
Choline ~
Betaine ~
*Daily Value not established for starred items.
~Data not available for tilde (~) items.
Vitamin Data by SkipThePie.org
Mineral Content
Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz
Amount RDI%
Calcium 8.6 mg 1%
Iron 1.006 mg 6%
Magnesium 51.6 mg 13%
Phosphorus 91.4 mg 9%
Potassium 109.2 mg 2%
Sodium 3 mg 0%
Zinc 1.032 mg 7%
Copper 0.438 mg 22%
Manganese 0.163 mg 8%
Selenium 2.3 mcg 3%
Fluoride ~
*Daily Value not established for starred items.
~Data not available for tilde (~) items.

Compared to Peanut Butter, Cashew  Butter is higher in many minerals, including iron. One 2 tbsp. serving of cashew butter contains more than twice as much iron and copper as peanut butter. Two tablespoons contain more phosphorus and magnesium than peanut butter as well. Detailed comparison can be found here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/316756-cashew-butter-nutrition/

Allergies

Nutural World Cashew Butter is made in a peanut-free environment, and is thus is completely safe for those with peanut allergy. However, Nutural World produces other seed and nut based products, and while every effort is made to separate the production lines it cannot guarantee that the product is free of traces of other seeds and nuts.

Vegans and the Manufacturing Process

Nutural World Cashew Butter is made of 100% cashew nuts and is thus suitable for vegetarian and vegans. The nuts are lightly roasted to enhance their taste and bring out their delicate aroma. The milling process uses traditional stone based mills and not high speed rotating blades to generate the most uniform paste and keep the temperature during the milling process to the lowest possible. Since no emulsifier is added, it is quite normal for the oil in our products to separate to the top of the jar. Simply stir it back in. Once opened, storing the product in the refrigerator will slow down the separation process and the product will keep for up to three months.

Dieting, Weight Loss and Cashew Butter

It may come as a surprise, but Cashew Butter is actually very ‘diet friendly’ for some types of diets. The table below shows how suitable is this food for each of the main dieting options:

Diet or Weight Loss Program Score out of 100
(higher is better)
Higher Fiber, Low Fat Diet (e.g. Weight Watchers) 70
Athletic Diet – Low Fat, High Protein and Carbs 0
Low Fat Diet (e.g. Jenny Craig) 0
Low Carb Diet (e.g. Atkins Diet) 68
Low Cholesterol Diet 13
Low Sodium Diet 98
Low Glycemic Index Diet (e.g. South Beach Diet) 79
Low Protein Diet 65

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Copyright notice: Some information and graphs are from SkipThePie.org (2013). Retrieved May 8, 2013 from http://skipthepie.org/nut-and-seed-products/nuts-cashew-butter-plain-without-salt-added/

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Weight 170 g
Weight

170g

1 review for Cashew Butter

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    admin

    This is one of the best butter that I have ever managed to try. Very delicate slightly sweetish taste. Strongly recommended!

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