Cashew you are so brave
Unlike the other seeds
You don’t hide from harm in your fruit
You take your seat in plain sight
As if waiting for someone to try you
But no one ever will because…
…they all know your wrath…
I don’t know about you guys but I have heard a lot of different theories about nuts being a good or bad part of a healthy diet. On one hand and, what I thought for the longest was that nuts were a great source of protein and fiber and other nutrients, but on the other hand one has to think critically on eating something that takes so much altering from it's natural state to in order for us to ingest...I have also heard arguments that some nuts are very acidic and can cause constipation and other digestion issues when eaten in excess (which is a big concern for those of use who consume mostly or only vegetarian proteins and fiber coming out to most of our calories for the day, and really for those people trying to eat a more strict raw vegan diet ). Cashews are my favorite nut/seed to eat, and it’s interesting that I have heard that it is one of the more acidic nuts out there to eat in excess too, causing constipation and other digestion issues! After researching for a while I have come across a trend and that is that cashews (the nut/seed) are highly processed! And it is because of their inedibility due to toxic elements in them that occur naturally! Perhaps nature does not want us to eat cashews like that? The cashew fruit on the other hand is not toxic and traditionally people who live where cashews grow eat the fruit instead and sell the cashew seeds to western countries (though some folks do consume it themselves of course). Cashews are grown in West Africa, Asia, and South America and imported to other countries. I have added a couple videos below to give you more information on the process and ways of consumption of cashews in areas were they are grown and harvested. This processing is similar for other nuts as well i.e. almonds are usually blanched and pasteurized before being store ready, pistachios are cooked and split open before going out to stores and the list goes on. We have to ask ourselves why all of this processing? What is it protecting us from?
It is a fabulous idea to soak all of your nuts and seeds before consumption, for at least 4-8hrs if not over night. Why? Because nuts and seeds (which are baby plants) as a protective mechanism from being digested in the bellies of animals that may eat them, produce different toxins and chemicals that make them very hard to digest, what this means is that an animal who eats a seed in one place will poop it out undigested in another place leading to the continued growth and abundance of that plant population. Well us being beings that apart of nature and not apart from nature, our bodies react the same way to nuts and seeds that are not soaked. Some people ay experience gas, bloating, diarrhea, reflux,etc…after eating dry nuts or seeds and this is why! Soaking nuts and seeds can reduce a lot of these symptoms as the soaking neutralizes a lot of the toxins (but not all).
Sprouting is also a great way to increase the digestibility of nuts and seeds as this further dissipates toxins and now your are getting nutrients from the new budding plant! Sprouts are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and many more things that science can’t even explain!
So, with all of that said, I am not trying to turn people off of nuts and seeds, but I am all for being educated and informed on what’s goin on with the foods we eat (hell, you might decide to boycott eating nuts after you find out how labor intensive it is for people to get them from where it grows to our snack bowls---not to mention the processing). With this information we can then make decisions, i.e. those of us who only know to eat nuts dry, can maybe start thinking about soaking and sprouting, and then those of us who already sprout and soak, can now be conscious about not over doing it with certain nuts or seeds and making sure we eat them with plenty of alkalanizing veggies, as we know nuts can create alot of acidity we don’t want or need in our bodies... Strive to get a variety of good quality nuts/seeds, that are preferably organic, that way you are getting an array of nutrients and not just stuck on one source!
What are you thoughts on nuts and seeds now? Or what are some things that you know that not many people know about the processing and consumption of these foods? Share your knowledge!
Well, that’s all for now, so in the meantime…
Peace and Health Fam,
Check out these vids on cashew processing and see what I am talking about: