Cashews are a popular tree nut consumed around the world.
They’re considered to be nutritious and may offer numerous health benefits, such as improving blood sugar control among people with type 2 diabetes and reducing total and LDL (bad) cholesterol (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source).
Some people enjoy eating cashews on their own, blended into cashew nut butter, or puréed into a dairy-free cream for soups, sauces, and ice cream.
However, many people are unaware that eating cashews in certain forms can be harmful, as they contain a dangerous toxin called urushiol.
This article examines what makes certain cashews poisonous and how to enjoy these tree nuts without risk of toxicity.