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Cashews a legume? Paleo-friendly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I bought some cashew butter because I miss peanut butter, and I find the cashew butter tastes pretty good. Then I realized "What if cashews are legumes too?!" Are cashews paleo? Are they legumes or nuts?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:03 AM

I downvoted solely because of *nor will a little bit of gluten or dairy* -- a little bit of dairy immediately harms me (and gluten is highly suspect for longer term issues). You do, however, remain correct about the phytate levels in cashews - very high (another reason why it's best to have them roasted).

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 20, 2013
at 01:00 AM

No, homo sapiens were not in South America 200,000 years ago (at least not by any theory that doesn't involve extraterrestrials). Our genus has been around some 2 million years, but as a species Homo Sapiens appeared about 200k years ago. Our appearance in South America is estimated at about 20k years ago.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on October 26, 2012
at 11:10 PM

James: *facepalm*

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on October 26, 2012
at 05:41 PM

You seem to be letting the "spirit of paleo" get in the way of a functional diet.

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(10611)

on October 26, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Oh brother. I hope you're steering clear of ALL foods that have appeared in the last 100,000 years. Otherwise you're just another paleo hypocrite, like the rest of us. Enjoy your cambium and auroch.

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on July 16, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I can't keep them around as I can't avoid eating them in rapid fashion.

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Just in case your low carb, just as a heads up, cashews are loaded with starch..

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on July 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Also, it's something that people can google really easily.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 12:59 AM

They do need to be washed, but you can eat them raw

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on July 15, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Incidentally, the reason I can think of is that this question has been asked and answered repeatedly here. A simple search in the box at upper right would find this http://paleohacks.com/search?q=cashews#axzz20jmjZRgy I personally won't down vote for missed searches, but it's helpful to remind new people to check first before asking.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 15, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I'm curious why this was down voted. I can think of one possible reason, but unless you tell the person why the down vote, you've wasted the opportunity to teach.

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on July 15, 2012
at 11:00 PM

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://paultaal.id.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/cashew-fruit.jpg&imgrefurl=http://paultaal.id.au/2012/03/12/cashew/cashew-fruit/&h=750&w=500&sz=88&tbnid=DXCmfmDN2SQT5M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=60&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dcashew%2Bfruit%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=cashew+fruit&usg=__Fqqzf_olB0FGilcgy-ZrJ-zcPYI=&docid=qUH5iLn7g75rjM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MksDULrnC4yo8gTSz_m4CA&sqi=2&ved=0CFoQ9QEwAQ&dur=510 Here's the picture of a Cashew fruit, the protuberance on the bottom is the seed

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on July 15, 2012
at 10:50 PM

The concerns I have heard relate to toxic oils present in the shell of the nut (well, seed).

If you notice, you will never see cashews sold whole its shell. This is because the toxins present require cashews to be harvested by people wearing special suits for protection. Then they must be roasted to remove the oils.

Here is a good article with more details and a cool pic of what a cashew looks like before it is processed: Top 10 toxic foods we love to eat

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 10:44 PM

They are not legumes, they are the seed of the cashew tree, and they grow on the outside of the fruit. They do not contain as much omega-6 as almonds or some other nuts.

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on July 15, 2012
at 11:01 PM

Cashews - like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios (and others) - are drupes, not true nuts. It is not a legume, but like Chinaeskimo stated, cashews have to be processed beyond simple removal of the fleshy husk. The shells contain several toxic oils, which are removed by washing and roasting.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 12:59 AM

They do need to be washed, but you can eat them raw

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on September 03, 2013
at 03:56 AM

Cashews are actually a fruit, they grow on trees. Though some people eschew them (eschew cashews?) because they grow in pods that are toxic, the fruits (cashews are actually a fruit) are not toxic and are nutrient dense and have a decent omega 3:6 ratio, but enjoy them in moderation (I know, it's difficult).

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on September 03, 2013
at 02:17 AM

There are several New World foods that are quite functional, even if you are from Eurasia genetically. Guava and papaya, but also squash, string beans, jicama, the blueberry that you buy (European blueberry are low growth, not bush). Sweet potatoes are from New Guinea originally, and are not part of Eurasian tradition.

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on September 03, 2013
at 12:19 AM

The concept of Paleo is a wonderful thing...however attempting to mimick that diet completely in today's world, while working full time, purchasing groceries at Whole Foods and through Amazon (to be delivered through Fed Ex), is simply NOT a rational nor conceivable way to be. Eating cashews (a few, now and then) is fine.

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on February 27, 2013
at 03:09 PM

poop............

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on February 19, 2013
at 11:56 PM

Homo Sapiens were present in Brazil 200,000 years ago. If cashews are from Brazil there is a distinct chance that the cashew apple was eaten and that a nut or two may have landed in a fire gotten chowed on...at least somewhere in that 190,000 years it could have happened, right?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 20, 2013
at 01:00 AM

No, homo sapiens were not in South America 200,000 years ago (at least not by any theory that doesn't involve extraterrestrials). Our genus has been around some 2 million years, but as a species Homo Sapiens appeared about 200k years ago. Our appearance in South America is estimated at about 20k years ago.

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on October 26, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Cashews are not paleo. In order for a food to be paleo it has to have been eaten for an evolutionarily significant period of time by our pre-agricultural paleoithic ancestors. Cashews, being from brazil, were not eaten by paleoithic people until native americans arrived some 10,000 years ago, about the time of the advent of agriculture. Cashews are very high in phytic acid, which we did not evolve to eat in great quantities. While cashews may or may not be healthy to eat, they are not in keeping with the spirit of paleo. Sure, a little bit of phytic acid won't noticably harm you. But nor will a little bit of gluten or dairy.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on October 26, 2012
at 11:10 PM

James: *facepalm*

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on October 26, 2012
at 05:41 PM

You seem to be letting the "spirit of paleo" get in the way of a functional diet.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on October 26, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Oh brother. I hope you're steering clear of ALL foods that have appeared in the last 100,000 years. Otherwise you're just another paleo hypocrite, like the rest of us. Enjoy your cambium and auroch.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 20, 2013
at 01:03 AM

I downvoted solely because of *nor will a little bit of gluten or dairy* -- a little bit of dairy immediately harms me (and gluten is highly suspect for longer term issues). You do, however, remain correct about the phytate levels in cashews - very high (another reason why it's best to have them roasted).

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