Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia ~ Super Nuts & Seeds

I have to tell you that these nuts are my absolutely favorites!

These super-nuts are a high energy food and contain no cholesterol.

The natural oils in these nuts contain 78 per cent monounsaturated fats, the highest of any oil including olive oil.

They're also a good source of protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fiber and are very low in sodium.

The protein component of nuts is low in lysine and high in arginine.

Of the many benefits surrounding this Australian nut, perhaps the greatest is they taste so good while being good for you.

A high energy food, they taste great eaten raw from the shell, dry roasted, or cooked in oil.

They can also be used to enhance the flavor of cakes, confectionery, ice cream, salads, roasts and casseroles.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

An annual residue testing program, where random samples are taken from all major processors, confirms that Australian macadamias are free of chemical residues.

Can we eat too many?

These super-nuts can form an important part of the ideal diet diet.

The benefits can't be traced to any single constituent, but to the complex composition and inter-relationships that exist.

For an ideal diet they need to be eaten in conjunction with a range of foods.

Benefits are about reduction of risks.

Research knowledge from other tree nuts is often applicable to macadamias and most other tree nuts also have proven benefits.

Tree nuts are an ancient food and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid recommends them to be eaten daily.

These super-nuts are not genetically modified and contain only natural genes.

Oils

The oils in macadamia are: 84% monounsaturated, and 3.5% polyunsaturated.12.5% saturated.

The monounsaturated portion contains oleic fatty acid plus the highest known level of paimitoleic fatty acid, which is also present in beneficial fish oils and may be nutritionally significant.

Monounsaturated fatty acids are the 'good' fats.

They've been shown to significantly reduce blood serum cholesterol levels, as well as enhancing the protective high-density lipoproteins and suppressing undesirable low-density lipoproteins.

The macadamia nut contains the highest level of monounsaturated fatty acids of any natural commercial food.

These super-nuts contain no cholesterol.

They contain no trans fatty acids.

And, they also improve the balance between omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids.

This facilitates the body's manufacture of essential fatty acids and eicosanoids (prostaglandins etc).

Protein

These super nuts contain significant protein comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.

These play an important body building role in muscle structure, connective tissues and blood plasma development.

These super-nuts contain all the essential amino acids with most of these present at optimum levels.

Carbohydrates

Most of the 'simple' carbohydrates are present as saccharides (sugars).

These super-nuts contain the sugars, sucrose, fructose, glucose and maltose, plus some starch-based material.

Carbohydrates supply energy to the body.

Complex carbohydrates are described as dietary fiber.

Dietary fiber

Dietary fiber is the term for carbohydrates that are resistant to enzyme digestion in the stomach.

They consist of complex soluble carbohydrates and soluble fibers such as lignans, hemicellulose, amyiopectins, mucilage, gums and insoluble cellulose.

Essentially dietary fiber in these nuts are the cell walls within the kernel.

Dietary fiber promotes satiety, provides roughage, slows digestion and reduces hunger, promotes desirable intestinal bacteria, reduces constipation.

Minerals & Vitamins

Macadamia Nuts contain a large range of minerals.

They're rich in: Iron Potassium Phosphorus Magnesium and Calcium.

They also contain significant levels of zinc, copper and selenium.

The most significant vitamins are: 6 Vitamin-E Thiamine (B1) Riboflavin (B2) Niacin, pantothenic acid (B5) and folate.

Phytonutrients (phytochemicals)

These are biologically active components which protect our body systems.

Many act as antioxidants, which scavenge the free radicals that oxidize blood fats.

They operate as part of complex systems that are only partly understood.

Macadamias contain tocopherols and tocotrienols, which are derivatives of Vitamin-E, phytosterols such as sitosterol and also selenium.

A current research project has shown strong antioxidant activity with the compounds now being identified.

It's probable that these nuts contain the phytonutrients classes, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, phytoestrogens, phytic acids, ellargic acid, saponins and lignans.

Will They Make Us Fat?

"Good" fats are essential in a ideal diet.

They make food tasty and promote fullness.

Mono-unsaturates may be metabolized differently in the intestine from other fats so that they do not produce 'fattening' biochemicals.

Providing these super-nuts are substituted and not in addition to other foods, there is evidence that they will either not contribute to weight gain or will reduce weight.

USA studies of frequent tree nut eaters show that they usually weigh less than people who don't eat tree nuts regularly.

Will They Make Us Live Forever?

No... but you will have the enjoyment of the flavor and texture of the world's finest nut.

Nutritional Information;

Macadamia nuts (raw kernel)......................: Per 100 g. serve

Energy...........................................................3040 kJ.

Protein............................................................9.2 g.

Fat (total oils).................................................76.4 g.

Monounsaturated.............................................63.4 .g

Polyunsaturated................................................3.0 g.

Saturated.......................................................10.0 g.

Carbohydrates (total)........................................10.0 g.

Sugars.............................................................4.0 g.

Dietary Fiber.....................................................7.0 g.

Cholesterol.......................................................0.0 g.

Phosphorus.....................................................241 mg.

Calcium............................................................53 mg.

Sodium..............................................................3 mg.

Potassium.......................................................409 mg.

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