Nutritional Facts and Health Benefits of Macadamia Nuts
Macadamias are considered the world’s finest nut and their delicate flavour, versatility and crunchy texture make them a delight to consume. They also contain a range of nutritious and health promoting constituents and form an important part of a healthy diet. A balanced diet containing macadamias promotes good health, longevity and a reduction in degenerative diseases.
The image of macadamia and other tree nuts is changing as research, dietary trials and population studies demonstrate their importance as part of a healthy diet. This increasing knowledge and understanding of health benefits is likely to alter public perception so that macadamias may be selected primarily for their nutritive and health value apart from their great flavour and texture.
Research from other tree nuts with similar composition is often applicable to macadamias and have been proven to have significant health benefits. The Mediterranean Health Pyramid or diet recommends tree nuts be eaten daily. The good news is you don’t have to think of breaking your diet by eating macadamias. There is increasing evidence that they have a positive effect on many aspects of our health and they are full of important nutrients including monounsaturated fats, proteins, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and phyto-chemicals.
Nutritionists, medical researchers and food scientists are undertaking ongoing research into nutritional and health benefits of macadamias which means available information is being updated.
Summary of Health Benefits
- Macadamias contain no cholesterol as they are a natural plant food.
- Macadamias are not genetically modified and only contain natural genes.
- Research* has shown that macadamias can help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Research* has shown that macadamias may reduce the incidence of heart disease.
- High in fiber.
- Very high proportion of monounsaturated fat.
- Contain vitamins, minerals and protein essential in a healthy diet.
AND they taste great, too!
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A review of health benefits of the world’s finest nut Ian McConachie, September 1999
As macadamias are a natural product their composition may vary due to the growing district, variety, cultural procedures and growing season. The composition of macadamias typically contain the following:
|Composition of 100g dried macadamia nuts
|Source: www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/cgi-bin/list-nut Above relates to edible portion only Variety and seasonal conditions may cause minor variations in above values.