Gone are the days of believing that low fat is better. These days we enjoy the mouthfeel and taste that fat brings to our food, as well as the many nutritional benefits.
‘Good’ vs ‘bad’ fats
But what’s the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats? And what does it mean for a fat to be monounsaturated? The names refer to the chemical structure of the fat. Monounsaturated refers to the fat having one double bond in the carbon chain that makes up the backbone of the fatty acid. Just having one bond means that monounsaturated fats are very stable and don’t oxidised easily. Oxidation can damage cells4 (that’s why antioxidants are so important) but the fats in Australian macadamias are more resistant to this.
So incorporating a healthy handful of macadamias into your day is a delicious way to make sure your diet contains the ‘good’ fats that support your health.