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A handful of macadamias a day helps keep the doctor at bay

A handful of macadamias a day helps keep the doctor at bay



3 June 2013
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Australians of all ages are being encouraged to munch on healthy home-grown macadamias and incorporate them into their daily meals to help improve and maintain overall health and wellbeing.

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, Nicole Senior said Australia's native nut plays an important role in a healthy diet as it is the richest nut source of naturally healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil.

"Macadamias are also jam-packed with phythochemicals such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as protein, and fibre for regular bowel function. Studies have also shown consuming nuts such as macadamias can help maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol levels   ," Ms Senior said.  

One handful, which is about 30 grams or 15 whole kernels, of local macadamias a day provides one third of the recommended daily vitamin B1 (thiamine) for adults, which helps release energy from food and maintains normal heart function and a healthy nervous system.

"Macadamias are also perfect for fuelling growing, active kids. Healthy snacking is particularly important as young children need to eat smaller amounts more often than adults," Ms Senior said.

"So whether you have them as a snack or add them to your meals, consuming a handful of Australian macadamias a day is a simple and effective way to improve your family's health," Ms Senior said.

TOP MACADAMIA HEALTH TIPS

  • For a delicious, nutritious and wholesome start to the day, add chopped macadamias to your breakfast cereal.
  • Pack handful of macadamias in an air-tight container for a nourishing snack on the go.
  • For a healthy and decadent dessert, top fruit and yoghurt with chopped macadamias or add them to a fruit crumble.
  • Add macadamia pieces to stir-fries, or sprinkle over salads or soups for a healthy crunch.
  • Macadamias are great for kids! Offer macadamia butter to babies as a first food mixed into baby cereal or puree vegetables or fruit. Serve toddlers macadamia butter as a yummy and healthy spread or dip. Children over the age of five can enjoy whole macadamias as a nutritious snack.

FAST FACTS

  • Macadamias are natural wholesome plant foods that contain natural phytochemicals such as antioxidants. Antioxidants may help maintain health and wellbeing, including healthy looking skin.
  • They also contain monounsaturated fats similar to those found in olive oil.
  • Macadamias contain fibre for good digestive health.
  • One handful (30 grams or 15 whole kernels) of macadamias provides one third of recommended daily vitamin B1 (thiamine) for adults, which helps release energy from food and maintains normal heart function and a healthy nervous system.
  • Macadamias contain a healthy combination of nutrients known to protect the heart, including good fats, fibre, phytochemicals and arginine (an amino acid important for blood vessel function)
  • Enjoying macadamias regularly as part of a diet low in saturated fats can help maintain good cholesterol levels
  • Studies have shown including nuts such as macadamias  can help with weight management
  • Raw macadamias are naturally low in salt and sugar.

    Media Contact:

    Katie Lettice
    Account Manager
    Crossman Communications
    katie.lettice@crossmancommunications.com.au
    Phone: 02 9361 6099

    Lynne Ziehlke
    Market Development Manager        
    Australian Macadamia Society
    lynne.ziehlke@macadamias.org
    Phone: 02 6622 4933

    Keep up to date with Australian macadamias on Twitter @ausmacadamias and Facebook www.facebook.com/AustralianMacadamias.

    About Nicole Senior APD, AN: Nicole Senior is a well respected Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, writer, speaker and consultant with 20 years experience in the field. Nicole is author of four books: Food Myths, Belly Busting for Blokes, Eat to Beat Cholesterol and Heart Food and also contributes articles to magazines and online. She is a regular nutrition commentator in the mainstream and social media.

    About Australian Macadamia Society: The Australian Macadamia Society is a body of approximately 650 Australian members representing all facets of the macadamia industry in Australia. Whilst the majority of members are growers, membership also includes such diverse occupations as processors, administrators, business people, investors, marketers, consultants, researchers, engineers, teachers and other macadamia enthusiasts.

    It is estimated that 80% of Australian growers are members of the Society and that they produce 96% of the Australian annual production. The AMS was founded with the objectives of promoting and coordinating all aspects of the industry, to encourage free exchange of ideas and information and to foster goodwill among members.

    Australians of all ages are being encouraged to munch on healthy home-grown macadamias and incorporate them into their daily meals to help improve and maintain overall health and wellbeing.

    Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, Nicole Senior said Australia's native nut plays an important role in a healthy diet as it is the richest nut source of naturally healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil.

    "Macadamias are also jam-packed with phythochemicals such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as protein, and fibre for regular bowel function. Studies have also shown consuming nuts such as macadamias can help maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol levels   ," Ms Senior said.  

    One handful, which is about 30 grams or 15 whole kernels, of local macadamias a day provides one third of the recommended daily vitamin B1 (thiamine) for adults, which helps release energy from food and maintains normal heart function and a healthy nervous system.

    "Macadamias are also perfect for fuelling growing, active kids. Healthy snacking is particularly important as young children need to eat smaller amounts more often than adults," Ms Senior said.

    "So whether you have them as a snack or add them to your meals, consuming a handful of Australian macadamias a day is a simple and effective way to improve your family's health," Ms Senior said.

    TOP MACADAMIA HEALTH TIPS

    • For a delicious, nutritious and wholesome start to the day, add chopped macadamias to your breakfast cereal.
    • Pack handful of macadamias in an air-tight container for a nourishing snack on the go.
    • For a healthy and decadent dessert, top fruit and yoghurt with chopped macadamias or add them to a fruit crumble.
    • Add macadamia pieces to stir-fries, or sprinkle over salads or soups for a healthy crunch.
    • Macadamias are great for kids! Offer macadamia butter to babies as a first food mixed into baby cereal or puree vegetables or fruit. Serve toddlers macadamia butter as a yummy and healthy spread or dip. Children over the age of five can enjoy whole macadamias as a nutritious snack.

    FAST FACTS

    • Macadamias are natural wholesome plant foods that contain natural phytochemicals such as antioxidants. Antioxidants may help maintain health and wellbeing, including healthy looking skin.
    • They also contain monounsaturated fats similar to those found in olive oil.
    • Macadamias contain fibre for good digestive health.
    • One handful (30 grams or 15 whole kernels) of macadamias provides one third of recommended daily vitamin B1 (thiamine) for adults, which helps release energy from food and maintains normal heart function and a healthy nervous system.
    • Macadamias contain a healthy combination of nutrients known to protect the heart, including good fats, fibre, phytochemicals and arginine (an amino acid important for blood vessel function)
    • Enjoying macadamias regularly as part of a diet low in saturated fats can help maintain good cholesterol levels 
    • Studies have shown including nuts such as macadamias  can help with weight management 
    • Raw macadamias are naturally low in salt and sugar

    Media Contact:

    Katie Lettice
    Account Manager
    Crossman Communications
    katie.lettice@crossmancommunications.com.au
    Phone: 02 9361 6099

    Lynne Ziehlke
    Market Development Manager        
    Australian Macadamia Society
    lynne.ziehlke@macadamias.org
    Phone: 02 6622 4933

    Keep up to date with Australian macadamias on Twitter @ausmacadamias and Facebook www.facebook.com/AustralianMacadamias.

    About Nicole Senior APD, AN: Nicole Senior is a well respected Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, writer, speaker and consultant with 20 years experience in the field. Nicole is author of four books: Food Myths, Belly Busting for Blokes, Eat to Beat Cholesterol and Heart Food and also contributes articles to magazines and online. She is a regular nutrition commentator in the mainstream and social media.

    About Australian Macadamia Society: The Australian Macadamia Society is a body of approximately 650 Australian members representing all facets of the macadamia industry in Australia. Whilst the majority of members are growers, membership also includes such diverse occupations as processors, administrators, business people, investors, marketers, consultants, researchers, engineers, teachers and other macadamia enthusiasts.

    It is estimated that 80% of Australian growers are members of the Society and that they produce 96% of the Australian annual production. The AMS was founded with the objectives of promoting and coordinating all aspects of the industry, to encourage free exchange of ideas and information and to foster goodwill among members.

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