Cashews are prepared for consumption in one of two ways: raw and roasted. The phrase “raw cashew” is misleading, as all cashews fit for consumption have been roasted once to remove both the cashew shell and the shell’s harmful oils. Roasted cashews are roasted a second time to alter or enhance the cashews’ flavor. The taste is not the only difference between raw and roasted cashews.
The Benefits of Raw Cashews
Raw cashews have more iron than roasted cashews. One ounce of raw cashews contains 1.9 milligrams of iron, whereas an ounce of roasted cashews has 1.7 milligrams. Raw cashews also have more selenium than roasted cashews do. An ounce of raw cashews has 5.6 micrograms of selenium, which is 2.2 micrograms more than can be found in an ounce of roasted cashews. The mild flavor of the raw cashew makes it a more versatile ingredient for cooking. In fact, we have a list of desserts you can make with raw cashews. Raw cashews have a longer shelf life than roasted cashews because the oils used for roasting cashews will make the roasted cashews turn rancid sooner.
The Benefits of Roasted Cashews
Some chefs prefer to use roasted cashews when they want to prevent the cashew flavor from being overpowered by other ingredients. And snackers with certain tastes and cravings will choose roasted cashews over raw cashews. And roasted cashews – whether roasted at home or prior to purchasing – have a higher concentration of antioxidants – compounds derived from plants – which cancel the effects of free radicals in the body.
How Roasted and Raw Cashews are Similar
When it comes to nutrition, both raw cashews and roasted cashews are excellent choices; the ways that the two types of cashews are processed do not change the other nutritional properties of the cashews. Both types are rich in nutrients, and both have the potential to be low in sugar, depending on how they are roasted for their second time. Both types contain antioxidants. Studies have shown that both types of cashews can promote good heart health and the creation of good (HDL) cholesterol. Both types reduce the risk of gallstones. Magnesium is found in both types of cashews, and the magnesium helps promote good bone health.
Beyond the Raw or Roasted Nut
Beyond sells both raw and roasted cashews in our online store. Both variants of cashews that we sell are fair-trade, organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, and vegan, allowing our customers to snack or cook without guilt.
For customers seeking roasted cashews, Beyond offers the Fuel your Beyond package, 3.5 ounces of roasted, salted cashews. These roasted, salted cashews are the perfect snack for fans of roasted cashews.
Customers looking for raw cashews can purchase whole, halved, or pieced raw cashews in sealed bags from two pounds to fifty pounds. The fifty-pound bags include a bulk discount that is at least 20% below the retail price.
At Beyond, cashews are one of our passions. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding either cashews or our company, please contact us.