Macadamia nuts are considered the world’s finest nut because of its delicious flavor and crunchy texture.
Health Benefits of Macadamia Nut:
- Contain significant levels of protein which our body needs to form and repair muscle and connective tissues, it is also important in blood plasma development. The protein in macadamias comprises of essential and non- essential amino acids.
- Macadamia nuts are one of the very few plants that contain omega 7, a monounsaturated fatty acid that works to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, helps you burn fat faster and is important for skin health.
- Contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Vitamin E also helps heal wounds, delayed premature wrinkling of skin and may reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
- Rich in dietary fiber. Dietary fiber promotes satiety, provides roughage, slows digestion and reduces hunger and may assist in reducing constipation and diverticular disease.
- Good source of magnesium which is important in nervous activity and muscle contraction.
- Rich in calcium which is the major component in bone formation. It also plays an important part in many other body processes.
- Excellent source of thiamin (vitamin B1), 1 cup of macadamia nuts provides over 100 percent of your daily thiamin requirement. Thiamin is necessary for converting carbohydrates into energy and for maintaining the health of the nervous system.
Nutrient Content of Macadamia Nuts: per 10–12 kernels (1 oz.)
- Protein: 2.2g
- Carbohydrate: 3.9g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Total Fat: 21.5g
- Calories: 204
- Thiamine (0.34mg)
Macadamia Nut Oil: Macadamia nut oil, sometimes called mac nut oil, is the hottest new cooking oil, it has a very high smoking point, therefore it is ideal for high-heat cooking, and its high percentage of monounsaturated fats make it a heart friendly choice. Macadamia nut oil can also be used in place of other oils or butter in baking.
Buying and Storing tips: Macadamia nuts are most often sold shelled—either raw or roasted. Look for well-shaped light-colored nuts. Those available in vacuum-packed jars or cans will stay fresher longer. Shelled nuts will keep well in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to two months. Unshelled macadamias will keep for up to one year at room temperature.
“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @ 23:11”