Macadamia Nuts and its Benefits
You might be surprised that macadamia nuts do not actually come from Hawaii. They come from the land Down Under! This is why macadamia nuts are also called the Australian or Queensland Nuts. They grow on large trees that can reach 50 feet horizontal and vertical. They are also one of the most expensive nuts in the world. Hawaii today however is the world’s largest exporter of these nuts.
Because macadamia nuts are obviously nuts, (duh!) they have a mid to high caloric range due to the high levels of healthy fats. You should also know however that they are a unique source of key nutrients and are great for your heart. They are a great snack that you should not be ashamed of!
Macadamia nuts contain the highest amounts of fat when compared to most other nuts. Interestingly enough, it’s this fat that make them so healthy! They are mainly composed of monounsaturated fatty acids which are beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
Several studies also suggest that macadamia nut consumption improves blood lipid profiles and reduces coronary risks. One study at Penn State compared the effects of similar diets with equal intakes of carbs, fats, and proteins. One received mainly macadamia nuts while another group got fat form other places. The end of the study showed that the macadamia nut group had significantly lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Don’t forget that macadamia nuts also contain lots of other good nutrients. For example, they have a good deal of fiber, about 10% of your daily intake with about 10 nuts. They are also a source of important minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, chromium, manganese, and zinc, but in lower levels.
Just remember that macadamia nuts are high in calories, so if you’re watching your weight, use them as a snack to replace something that’s unhealthier!
Try this recipe – Raw Macadamia Fudge
- 1 cup raw macadamia nuts
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Place the macadamias into a grinder to get a paste consistency. Then add the remainder of the ingredients til the mixture is creamy. Put on a baking dish and put in freezer until its firm. Cut into bite sized squares and enjoy!