Health benefits of macadamia
Highest source of monounsaturates
Although macadamia nuts are high in fat,
it’s the healthy monounsaturated fats that dominate their nutritional profile.
In fact, they are known to have higher levels of monounsaturated fats
than any natural, commercially available food source.
Studies have shown that consuming this type of fat
can lower the risk of heart disease by enhancing good cholesterol (HDL),
while helping to suppress bad cholesterol (LDL)
Macadamias contain important antioxidants,
such as vitamin E and selenium, as well as other phytonutrients.
These essential nutrients are free radical scavengers;
they can help to prevent free radical damage in the body.
Macadamias have significant levels of protein.
The protein macadamias contain
all the essential amino acids which
human bodies cannot synthesise,
therefore need to be supplied in the diet. .
The fiber in macadamia nuts helps
to give a feeling of fullness and reduces hunger pangs.
Fiber is also important for digestion.
It helps to maintain the health of your intestines
by promoting the right balance of intestinal bacteria
and can aid in relieving constipation.
The monounsaturated fats contained in macadamia nuts
are thought to metabolize differently from other types of fats.
Studies show that nut eaters usually weigh less than
those that don’t eat nuts.
So, substituting macadamia nuts
for other high fat snacks could lead to weight loss.