Macadamia nuts are tree nuts with a delicate, buttery flavor, and creamy texture. It is native to Australia but is now grown in various places in the world, such as New Zealand, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. Among the top ten healthiest nuts, macadamias possess a high-fat content. But it does not mean that you should hesitate to include them in your diet. They are a rich source of heart-friendly monounsaturated fats.
Macadamia nuts are rich in valuable plant compounds. They are linked to various health benefits such as heart health, improved digestion, weight management, blood sugar control, etc. It helps modulate the risk factors of different diseases.
What are the health benefits of including macadamia nuts in your diet?
Macadamia nuts are nutrient-dense.
- A 30-gram serving of macadamia delivers:
- 215 kcals/901KJ
- 2.4g protein
- 22.7g fat
- 3.6g saturated fat
- 17.7g mono-unsaturated fat
- 0.5g poly-unsaturated fat
- 1.6g carbohydrates
- 2.6g fiber
- 110mg potassium
- 26mg calcium
- 39mg magnesium
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, yet low in carbs and sugar, macadamia nuts will aid in lowering bad cholesterol levels for those with heart disease and hypertension. It proves beneficial for people with diabetes, as it helps them regulate their blood sugar levels.
Macadamia nuts are rich in antioxidants.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cellular damage in your body. If their levels become too high, they increase your risk of developing conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease.
Antioxidants are substances that prevent or slow the damage to cells caused by free radicals. They are called “free radical scavengers” because they neutralize these harmful molecules in your body, boosting your overall health. Most nuts provide a great source of antioxidants, and macadamia nut is no exception.
Flavonoids provide health benefits by signaling pathways to give way to antioxidant effects. These support the body to fight inflammation and also aid in lowering cholesterol. It is noteworthy that macadamias contain some of the highest flavonoid levels among all tree nuts.
Macadamias are also rich in tocotrienols. Tocotrienol is a form of vitamin E brimming with antioxidant properties. It protects you against cancers, heart, genetic, and brain diseases.
It helps you with weight management.
Ironically high in calories, macadamia nuts may help you lose weight. High amounts of protein and fiber are responsible for this benefit. Protein and fiber are both known to reduce hunger and promote feelings of fullness. Eating macadamias is like loading up with the calories that do your body a lot of good.
Macadamia nuts advantageously contain palmitoleic acid. It is a type of monounsaturated fatty acid that speeds up fat metabolism, which lowers the rate at which the body stores fat. Faster metabolism and low fat storage can result to weight loss.
This tree nut is also naturally filling and will help keep your hunger at bay. It promotes a sense of fullness, leading to less food intake and eventual weight loss.
It boosts digestive and intestinal health.
Fiber supports digestion and overall gut health. Most nuts, including macadamias, act as a prebiotic which feeds your beneficial gut bacteria. These friendly bacteria can lessen inflammation. They help protect against digestive diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
Furthermore, when good gut bacteria ferment the fiber, they produce beneficial short-chain fatty acids, which help to decrease the risk for diabetes and obesity.
It is easy to incorporate into your diet.
Macadamias are readily available in most supermarkets. You can also order them online. It is relatively easy to include them in most diets and nutritional regimens. Raw macadamia nuts are the healthiest form. If you cannot roast them yourself, purchase dry-roasted but please veer away from oil-roasted versions, as these may contain unnecessary added fats.
Macadamia nuts are the prime edible nut. Raw or dehydrated, they are excellent. In practically any recipe that calls for nuts, you can use macadamias. Mix them in fruit salads, bread, stuffing, and cakes. You can also eat them for snacks. Try grinding them and sprinkling them onto soups and warm dishes. Switch them for croutons in your salads.
Another way to enjoy this nut is by making it into butter. Like peanut or cookie butter, use it as a spread on your fruit, bread, and crackers. You can also put some into your yogurt or oatmeal. Finally, did you know that you can soak and grind these nuts into a paste to make dairy-free cheese or milk? You can use the paste as a base for various vegan desserts.
Macadamia nuts have a long shelf life. Store them at room temperature for up to five months. Seal it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness. Store it in your refrigerator to keep it fresh even longer. This way, you can continue to enjoy it for up to one year.
How are macadamia nuts produced?
Macadamia nuts were brought to Hawaii in 1881 as a tree for reforestation. They are ideally suited to the mild tropical climate of Hawaii.
Most Macadamia trees on Dr. Paulo’s farms have grown to 50 feet. These towering trees produce an abundance of nut fruit. The nut grows within a hard green husk which splits open when it matures.
Dr. Paulo’s Macadamia nuts are dehydrated from a single origin. Dr. Paulo’s Macadamia Nut Farm is one of only three growers globally that possesses the patented nutcracker that has the ability to dehydrate the nuts out of the shell. Other growers process them by oven-drying the nuts in the shell. Dehydration is a better process as it minimally affects the nutritional value of the nut. It is the least damaging form of food preservation. The outcome of this unique process is a superior product.
The macadamia nuts produced in Dr. Paulo’s Kona Coffee Company Farms are the best. We dehydrate our macadamia nuts at low temperatures to preserve the nutritional content and bring out their natural flavor. Our 100% Hawaiian non-GMO dehydrated whole macadamia nuts are the best macadamia nuts in the world.
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