Nutrition for Cashews

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Cashews Nutrition Summary

One ounce of cashews (28.4 grams) contains 157 calories and 5.2 grams of protein. Cashews consists of 5% water, 30% carbohydrates, 18% protein, and 44% fat.

Cashews are an excellent source of a few nutrients, including magnesium and potassium. It also contains significant amounts of protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, copper, manganese and zinc.

In one ounce of cashews:

  • Calories: 157
  • Protein: 5.2 g
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.9 g
  • Fat: 12.4 g, (Saturated: 2.2 g)
  • Sodium: 3.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in cashews.

See the Cashews Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Nuts, cashew nuts, raw.

Calories in Cashews

Cashews have 157 calories per ounce or 554 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat, carbohydrates and protein.

67% of calories in cashews are from fat, 21% of calories are from carbohydrates and 13% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

About 21% the calories in cashews are from carbohydrates. The carbs in cashews are mostly in the form of dietary fiber, sugar and starch (10%, 18% and 72%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single ounce of cashews contains 4% of recommended daily values or 0.9 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.9 g
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Starch: 6.7 g

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 67% of the calories in Cashews are from fat. Cashews are high in total fat, with 12.4 grams or 19% of recommended daily values per ounce. Most of the fat in cashews are healthier unsaturated fats.

Cashews are cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 12.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.2 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.7 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol or trans fat in cashews.

Omega-6 in Cashews

A good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every ounce of cashews contain a total of 2.3 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in cashews come from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • other omega 6: 0.08 g
  • linoleic acid: 2.21 g

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Protein in Cashews

An excellent source of protein, a single ounce of Cashews contains 10% of recommended daily values or 5.2 grams of protein. In addition, cashews are also a source of complete protein, meaning it abundantly contains all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 5.17 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.08 g
  • Threonine: 0.2 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.22 g
  • Leucine: 0.42 g
  • Lysine: 0.26 g
  • Methionine: 0.1 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.27 g
  • Valine: 0.31 g
  • Histidine: 0.13 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Cashews

An good source of nutrients, cashews contain abundant amounts of magnesium and potassium. In fact, a single ounce of cashews contains 27% of recommended daily values or 82.8 milligrams of magnesium.

Vitamins in cashews (1 oz):
  • Thiamin: 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.3 mg
  • Folate: 7.1 ug
  • Vitamin k: 9.7 ug
Minerals in cashews (1 oz):
  • Calcium: 10.5 mg
  • Potassium: 187.1 mg
  • Iron: 1.9 mg
  • Magnesium: 82.8 mg
  • Zinc: 1.6 mg
  • Selenium: 5.6 ug
  • Phosphorus: 168.1 mg
  • Copper: 0.6 mg
  • Manganese: 0.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of choline, vitamin a, pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in cashews.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Cashews [3]

Cashews contain a couple of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoid lutein + zeaxanthin. In one ounce of cashews:

  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 6 ug

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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Cashews in Cooking

Cashews are in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two cups of cashews.

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