Eating macadamia nuts offers a lot of benefits. These are produced by macadamia nut trees that usually grow in places with tropical climates which are surrounded by volcanic soil, like Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Kenya. It was introduced and germinated in Hawaii during the 1900s. At Dr. Paulo’s Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nut Farms, we will be sharing with you the advantages of eating chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. Make sure to keep reading below if you want to learn more information about this. 

Improves immunity

The immune system should be kept healthy by acquiring the correct nutrients from different food sources. You must maintain a balance of antioxidants and free-radical damage to preserve your immune system. Surprisingly enough, chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants. It has a high level of flavonoids and free radical scavenging, making it a great addition to your diet.

On the other hand, macadamia nuts contain oleic acid, which helps reduce inflammation and activate the various immune pathways in the body. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides; the most plentiful MCT is lauric acid. It helps form monolaurin which, when digested, is known for boosting the immune system. It helps kill harmful bacteria, fungi, and pathogens inside the body. 

Improves diabetes and metabolic syndrome 

A metabolic syndrome is a group of medical conditions that predispose an individual to be at risk of acquiring diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It is consists of the following conditions: increase in blood pressure, increase in blood sugar, decreased levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, increased level of triglycerides, and excessive belly fat.

According to the American Heart Association, around 34 percent of individuals in the USA have metabolic syndrome. Macadamia nuts have high-fat content; around 78-86 percent is monounsaturated, the good and healthy kind of fat. It helps lower cholesterol and lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease. 

Monounsaturated fatty acids are present in macadamia nuts, and research has shown that they can help decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome and its effects on individuals who have it. A study conducted in 2016 showed that consuming a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids can help decrease the risk factors for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. 

Hemoglobin A1C is a diagnostic test that is commonly used for individuals who are suffering from diabetes. This test is used to show the average blood sugar level for the past 2-3 months. Research done on rats suffering from diabetes with a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, combined with exercise, showed a result that it is effective in decreasing the Hemoglobin A1C. Research done shows that tree nuts like macadamia nuts help increase the glycemic control of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. 

Helps prevent cancer 

Macadamia nuts contain Vitamin E, which is known as Tocotrienols, and are known for their anti-cancer properties. Macadamia nuts also contain flavonoids that are known for helping prevent cancer. It destroys damaging free radicals in the body. 

Aids with fat metabolism 

Macadamia nuts are one of the few food sources that contain palmitoleic acid. It is a monounsaturated fatty acid that increases the metabolism of fat, therefore; it helps reduce the ability of the body to store fat. 

Source of healthy oil 

Macadamia nut oil has become a popular choice among chefs in different parts of the world. It has a high monounsaturated fat content, which is healthy and delicious. It is healthier than other types of oil such as canola and olive oil. Since this has a higher smoke point than olive oil, it can be used for cooking at higher temperatures without having to worry that it will easily break down and lose its delicious flavor. 

Cholesterol-free 

Macadamia nuts help reduce cholesterol in the body and they are 100 percent cholesterol-free. It contains Vitamin A, iron, niacin, protein, riboflavin, and thiamine. It also contains minute amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as selenium, a known antioxidant. 

Rich in antioxidants

Macadamia nuts contain flavanoids. It is naturally found in plants that work in repairing damaged cells and protect them from toxins. When we ingest macadamia nuts, the flavanoids will be converted into antioxidants. The antioxidants will look for and get rid of free radicals (the destructive particles in the body that causes heart disease and other diseases). Flavanoids will help decrease blood pressure and protect the body from different types of cancer. 

Reduces the risk of heart disease 

Macadamia nuts are known for lowering the risk factors for heart disease. A lot of studies have shown that eating tree nuts like macadamia nuts can help decrease the risk factors for heart disease. Another study done in 2007 showed that male participants with high cholesterol that consumed macadamia nuts for 4 weeks have experienced reduced risk factors for coronary artery disease.

Research done in 2015 found out that eating tree nuts like macadamia nuts can help decrease the total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein also known as the “bad cholesterol” in the body. Eating macadamia nuts regularly can help increase the high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol in the body. In Sweden, a study found that when you eat macadamia nuts, it can also decrease the risk factors of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. 

Improves cardiovascular health

If you are searching for heart-healthy snacks, macadamia nuts are one of them. A study done in 2015 showed that the regular consumption of nuts results in a 26% decrease in the formation of cardiovascular disease. Another study showed that eating nuts 4 times a week has resulted in a 37% decrease in the occurrence of heart disease, as compared to individuals who do not consume nuts. 

Palmitoleic acid is found in Macadamia nuts. It is known to improve heart health in different ways such as lower blood lipids, lower inflammation, prevent metabolic syndrome, and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oleic acid is also found in macadamia nuts and it helps decrease the risk of stroke because of its ability to reduce blood pressure. Chocolate contains antioxidants that help improve heart health. Dark chocolate, in particular, has been found to increase good cholesterol or HDL and protect the LDL cholesterol against oxidation which is one of the stages that occurs in heart disease. 

Aids in brain health 

Macadamia nuts contain tocotrienols, which help protect the brain. A study found that foods rich in tocotrienol help protect the brain cells from the effects of glutamate; it plays an important role in the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. A study conducted on rats found that oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that is commonly found in macadamia nuts, can help protect the brain from oxidative stress. 

Macadamia nuts also contain B vitamins, which are needed for energy production and improve brain health. Macadamia nuts are rich in thiamine, which helps boost the brain. One study has been done where a group of individuals was given a placebo or 50 mg thiamine; the group with thiamine experienced an increase in mental clarity, increased energy, and improved reaction times. 

Chocolates have brain benefits, as well as contain high flavonol content. Flavonols help with blood flow problems in the body which can result in heart and neurological diseases. A study was conducted where individuals were given cocoa for five days to observe if there is an effect on blood flow to the brain. The result observed an increased blood flow to the brain, as well as an increase in brain grey matter, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning skills and intelligence. 

Prevents weight gain

Macadamia nuts contain palmitoleic acid, a type of monounsaturated fat also known as Omega-7. Research has been done where palmitoleic acid is given to sheep for 28 days, where results showed that there is a reduction in weight gain by 77 percent. Another study was conducted where mice were fed with macadamia nut oil and the results show that there is depletion in their fat cells after 12 weeks. 

  • It also helps control hunger. Macadamia nuts contain protein, healthy fats also known as monounsaturated fats, and fiber. These nutrients will help a person feel full for a long time, which is referred to as satiety. This helps to prevent a person from eating a lot of food. The fat content in macadamia nuts takes a long time to digest, and the protein and fiber content will prevent sudden changes in the blood sugar that can often make a person feel hungry. 

Since macadamia nuts contain a lot of fats, it contains 20.9 grams of fat per ounce of nuts. If you want to consume macadamia nuts regularly and you do not want to gain weight, you must substitute them for other fatty foods sources.  You can enjoy macadamia nuts as a nutritious and energizing mid-day snack. 

You can also enjoy your macadamia nuts with salads or as an oil base for salad dressing. Macadamia nut oil can also be used as a substitute for butter or vegetable oil when cooking or baking. If you want to enjoy a healthy dessert, you have a sweet tooth, and you love chocolate, you can enjoy chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from time to time. You can get them here at Dr. Paulo’s Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nut Farms. We offer natural, salted, and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. For a full list of our products, you can check out our products here. If you have any questions about our company or our products, you can send us a message through this contact form.

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