I love nuts! Probably you do so! You know the felling when you have the package of nuts and trying to snack just a bit you end up eating all of them :D. Nuts are tasty and addicting, they are packed with healthy fat that we should not avoid in our diet!
Let’s get to know them a little bit more. Today we will learn about Macadmia Nuts. These are one of the most expensive nuts and are not easy to purchase. However, in Australia where I have been last year, they are easy to get and more affordable and cheaper than anywhere else as they are native to Australia (they are also commonly known as the Australian nut and the Queensland nut).
Macadamias prefer a mild, frost-free climate with plenty rain, similar to how coffee beans grow best. They are not easy to crack! Watch this video from my trip last year and discover the real Macadamia Nut Farm in Byron Bay ( southeastern Queensland )
Macadamia nuts contain a lot of important essential vitamins and minerals – vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, folate, manganese, protein, healthy fats, and the all-powerful antioxidants. They are also rich in oleic acid and omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, which is the very same fatty acid found in olive oil 🙂
6 benefits and reasons you should eat them:
- Promote health heart
Being rich in fiber and other minerals like magnesium and potassium – these nuts improve heart health.
- Improve Bone Health
Macadamia nuts are good sources of calcium, magnesium, and potassium – the three minerals that help prevent bone demineralization. And they are low in sodium too, which only makes things better. The phosphorus in the nuts promotes mineralization of teeth and bones.
- Boost Healthy Fats
Macadamia nuts are 75% fat, but most of that is the monounsaturated type. They also boost HDL, the good cholesterol, and lower the levels of LDL, the bad cholesterol.
- Improve Skin Health & Strengthen Hair
The essential fatty acids in macadamia nuts play a role in skin health. The palmitoleic acid in the nuts is another essential fatty acid that hydrates the skin, promotes skin healing, and prevents the early onset of the signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots. Additionally, it treats dry hair and strengthens the hair roots.
Applying the oil to your skin can render it a youthful glow. Application of this nut oil can replenish the skin with the essential acid and massaging your hair regularly with this oil makes it shine, stimulates hair growth, and rebuilds hair elasticity.
- Support Gut Health
They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber – these flush toxins out of the body and also aid digestion. Rich in copper, they support the enzymatic reactions that improve digestive health.
- Destroy free radicals
Macadamia contain lots of flavonoids that help to prevent cells from damage and protects from environmental toxins. These flavonoids convert into antioxidants in our body which search and destroy free radicals and protect our bodies from cancer.
Make sure to store them in a cool place.
You can also roast your own in order to avoid these coated with preservatives, oils and tons of salt.
Feel free to snack them when you are in the rush as they are a source of nutritious vitamins and minerals.