A handful of macadamias delivers essential nutrients as well as an indulgent eating experience.
Click here to see a detailed breakdown of the nutrients in macadamias or read on to discover the many health benefits of macadamias.
Macadamias contain a low proportion of saturated fats, no nasty trans-fats and are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats, similar to those in olive oil. In fact macadamias are one of the highest food sources of monounsaturated fats. Health experts the world over agree we should be replacing the bad saturated fats in our diet with unsaturated fats like those in macadamias. The monounsaturated fats in macadamia oil give it stability and longer shelf life and it adds a lovely flavour to salad dressings.
Macadamias naturally contain beneficial phytochemicals including antioxidants. Antioxidants are Mother Nature’s way of keeping macadamias fresh. Phytochemicals have a number of helpful roles in maintaining your health, which include helping to counter the effects of harmful free radicals thought to contribute to chronic disease and premature ageing. Macadamias also contain the antioxidant minerals manganese, magnesium and copper. All these helpful substances act as your own private internal army working to maintain your wellbeing. That’s why we call them “fight-o-chemicals”.
Fibre helps maintain good digestive health and regularity, and it also helps improve blood cholesterol levels. Macadamias contain around 2g of fibre per 30g serve, which is similar to the amount in a slice of wholemeal bread.
Macadamias naturally contain plant sterols, which help reduce cholesterol absorption in the body. Plant sterols combined with monounsaturated oils, fibre and phytochemicals all add up to make macadamias a superfood for your heart.
Vitamins and minerals
Macadamias contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of the vitamins and minerals in macadamias versus daily recommendations.