In Monday’s blog post, I talked about all of the health benefits eating cashews has on your overall health, however, there are some negative effects eating cashews can have on your health too and they are:
Allergic Reactions – Cashews belong to the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac, and they contain a substance called urushiol that can cause skin rashes, itching, and swelling in some people. Some people may also have more severe allergic reactions to cashews, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or anaphylaxis.
Weight Gain – Cashews are high in calories and fat, and eating too many of them can lead to excess calorie intake and weight gain. This can increase the risk of obesity and related health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
High Blood Pressure – Cashews are often salted or roasted with added salt, which can increase the sodium content of the nuts. Eating too much sodium can raise blood pressure and contribute to hypertension, a risk factor for stroke and kidney disease.
Digestive Issues – Cashews contain a lot of fiber, which is good for digestion and bowel health. However, eating too much fiber can also cause bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea in some people. Cashew also contains oxalates, which can bind to calcium and form kidney stones in susceptible individuals.
Joint Swelling – Cashews contain a type of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid called arachidonic acid, which can trigger inflammation and swelling in the joints of people with arthritis or gout. This can worsen the symptoms and pain of these conditions.
Eating cashews can have some negative effects, such as allergic reactions, weight gain, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and joint swelling. These effects are more likely to occur when cashews are consumed in large amounts or by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. I hope you enjoyed my miniseries on the healthy (and negative effects) of eating cashews and until next week, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!