Macadamia nuts are one of the healthiest nuts raw or cooked and originate from Australia, but with the highest production of it coming from Hawaii. Compared to other nuts these are some of the most sought after in the world so they can be more expensive than other seeds/nuts like cashews and almonds. Here we will take a closer look at all the health benefits that eating Macadamia nuts will give you:
The Benefits Of Macadamia Nuts
High Quality Of Fats
Many nuts contain a lot of Omega 6 fats and when taken in large amounts it can be very unhealthy because it helps promote many diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, auto immune diseases and inflammatory diseases. With macadamias there Omega 6 content is much, much lower in fact per 100 grams macadamia nuts only have 0.36 grams of omega 6 fats. Now to make up for the lack of Omega 6 macadamias contain more monounsaturated fat which makes it a much higher quality source of fat compared to other nuts because it actually helps reduce inflammation and fat cells from growing.
Helps Improve Blood Lipid Profiles
There has been many studies that link macadamia nut consumption to improved blood lipid profiles which reduces coronary risks. One study published in the “Journal of Nutrition” in 2008 compared the effects of two similar diets with equal amounts of macronutrients, but with one group receiving the bulk of the fat nutrient from macadamia nuts and the other group getting their fat from other sources. After five weeks both groups reduced their bad cholesterol, but the macadamia nut group had a much larger drop in both LDL/total cholesterol.
Like many other nuts one serving of macadamia nuts contains 2.3 grams of fibre which is around 10% of your recommend daily fibre intake. The high fibre content macadamia nuts provide will keep you satiated and satisfied for a long time reducing the amount of food you eat often leading to weight loss.
Good For Your Digestive System
Having a good level of magnesium in your body will ensure all the nutrients you consume is efficiently taken in by your digestive system. Macadamia nuts contain a very high level of magnesium making sure that you reap as many benefits as possible from your foods.
Despite the fact that macadamia nuts have many benefits when eaten there are still a few things that you should be aware of.
Macadamia Nuts Warnings/Drawbacks
- Macadamia nuts contain the most calories and fat per serving compared to any other nuts/seeds so attention to the portion size is very important if you are trying to lose weight.
- Very high in fat and very low in carb (only 3.9 grams of carbs per serving) macadamia nuts are perfect if your on a high fat and low carb diet, but if not then you should stick to other nuts like pistachios, cashews and almonds.
- If you’re a dog owner it’s important for you to note that macadamia nuts are toxic for dogs and can cause weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, tremors, and hyperthermia.
In conclusion macadamias are lower in Omega 6 fats and higher in monounsaturated fat compared to other nuts, they’re a little bit more expensive, but the price tag is worth the health benefits. Of course if you have anymore questions about macadamia nuts then leave a comment below.