Are Cashews Bad for Muscle Building? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cashews are good for muscle wasting. Because they have protein, magnesium, and manganese and they can promote muscle and bone health.

Muscle wasting is a condition that affects your skeletal muscles.

In muscle wasting, your body breaks down muscle tissue faster than it can rebuild it.

This can lead to various health problems, such as weakness, fatigue, reduced mobility, and increased risk of injury.

One of the key factors in managing muscle wasting is diet.

What you consume can affect your protein synthesis, which can impact your muscle mass and strength.

To effectively manage muscle wasting, you should consume protein-rich foods like eggs, chicken, fish, and dairy products and avoid sugar-rich foods like candy, soda, and pastries.

Now, cashews are a type of nut that are widely consumed as a snack or added to dishes.

People usually eat them raw, roasted, or salted.

Cashews are good for muscle wasting because they contain protein, magnesium, and manganese.

These nutrients promote healthy muscle and bone health.

One ounce (28 grams) of cashews can give you 5 grams of protein (10% of your daily needs), 82 mg of magnesium (20% of your daily needs), and 0.5 mg of manganese (20% of your daily needs).

Protein can stimulate muscle protein synthesis and prevent muscle breakdown.

Magnesium can help regulate muscle contraction and relaxation.

Manganese can support collagen formation and wound healing.

Furthermore, cashews are a source of unsaturated fats and antioxidants.

These compounds are good for muscle wasting because they can reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and muscle damage.

You can eat one to two ounces of cashews per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain, digestive issues, and kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cashews if you have a nut allergy or kidney disease to prevent anaphylaxis or hyperkalemia.

Because cashews can trigger an immune response or increase potassium levels in your blood.

You can buy fresh cashews in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose unsalted and unroasted cashews.

Because salted and roasted cashews can have added sodium, oil, and preservatives that can harm your health.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing muscle wasting effectively.

I always recommend my muscle wasting patients to follow a muscle wasting-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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