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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Macadamias Are Marvelous !


Macadamias are marvelous and "are an underestimated nutrient-powerhouse. A rich source of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, iron, B vitamins, and folate. They also have a little protein and pack a healthy dose of good fats and antioxidants.

Commonly featured in more indulgent desserts rather than thought of as an everyday health food, macadamias are often skipped for almonds and cashews for a daily snack. But these fascinating health benefits of macadamias will show you why they're worthy of a regular spot in your healthy nut rotation.

Helps To Keep Your Heart Healthy!
These nuts are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats which are said to be cardioprotective by reducing cholesterol level and help to clean the arteries. Macadamia also lowers the level of triglycerides, which is a kind of body fat and reduces the risk of coronary disease.

They Fight Free-Radical Damage Leading To Cancers:
Another health benefit of macadamia comes from their high flavonoid content. Flavonoids, which are found naturally in these plants help to prevent cells from damage and protects from environmental toxins. These flavonoids convert into antioxidants in our body. These antioxidants search and destroy free radicals and protect our bodies from various diseases and certain types of cancer which include breast, cervical, lung, prostate and stomach cancer.

They Curb Your Appetite!
The fat content of macadamias helps to curb your appetite much longer than a sweet treat. Macadamias are also a source of palmitoleic acid which increases fat metabolism and reduces fat storage - bonus! You only need a few to feel satisfied as a snack, so despite their price, you won't need many to get a hunger-busting, nutrient-rich fix.

They Strengthen Your Hair, Skin, And Nails:
Macadamias are an excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber and antioxidants. They are also very low in sodium. all of these factors make them a fabulous beauty food, giving your hair and nails a healthy sheen and your skin a nourished glow!

Supports Your Gut Health:
That's right, macadamias contain around 7% dietary fiber, and both the insoluble and soluble types, helping to not only promote satiety, but provide roughage ..sweeping toxins out of the body, and aiding digestion.

Strengthens Your Bones:
Phosphorus and magnesium are abundant in macadamias, and play a variety of roles including bone and teeth mineralization, metabolism, absorption and transportation of nutrients. Calcium also helps in the formation of teeth and bones. Manganese in macadamias also help the body to deposit new bone tissue so that the skeleton stays strong as you age.

They Look After Your Brain And Nervous System:

Macadamias contain copper, B1, magnesium, and manganese which helps to make healthy neuro-transmitters, the chemicals which our brain cells use to send chemical signals, and nourish the brain. Copper also helps to ensure proper growth of the body, efficient utilization of iron, proper enzymatic reactions, as well as improved health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes!

They're Lower In Inflammation-Causing Omega-6's:
Consuming too many omega-6 fatty acids in our diet can be a contributing factor to chronic inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. A handful of nuts a day, or a spread of nut butter in your smoothie is a great way to get added protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. But most nuts tend to be higher in omega-6 fats than omega-3s, which can tip our body into an inflammatory state if we don’t balance it out with omega-3s from other foods too. Macadamias, on the other hand, are much lower in omega-6s. For example, pecans contain 3.7g per 100g, almonds 3.4g, and cashews 2.2g compared to 0.36g macadamias.

The incidence of heart disease is significantly lower in people who eat nuts regularly (more than five times per week) than in those who eat nuts less than once a week. So why not include some of these nutritious macadamias and start reaping their benefits today!"

Words from an article by Laurentine here

For those who have a nut allergy then obviously macadamias will not be marvelous ... perhaps enjoy an avocado instead?

Many thanks for reading ...

All the best Jan


Jo said...

I'm a big fan of nuts, I don't think there's any I dislike yet I don't think I've ever tried macadamias, I must look out for some.

eileeninmd said...

Macadamias are delicious. I have not had them since my Hawaii trip, many years ago. It is great to know they have so many benefits. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

Rose said...

Usually the only time I eat macadamias is in a cookie with white chocolate. You've convinced me to skip the cookies and just eat the nuts!

Martha said...

Yes, macadamias are marvelous! And they're great in cookies, too :)

Cheryl said...

I love nuts and like Jo I like them all. Love macadamias they are so them on their own :) Delicious.........

Red Rose Alley said...

Jan, this post was close to my heart because I LOVE MACADAMIAS! I think I would eat them every day if I could, but they're soooo expensive. The taste is delicious though, and I see they are quite healthy for us too. I just had them the other day. :)

Happy November, Jan.


chris c said...

I have to be a bit careful with macadamias, I find them just about the most moreish nut there is.

Lowcarb team member said...

Nuts are great aren't they, and just a handful ... not too many. Macadamias are often a little more expensive and not every supermarket stocks them. Places like Holland and Barrett usually do.

Eating Macadamias in Hawaii ... now that sounds good! Glad you found the article of interest.

Yes, many people do enjoy macadamia's in a cookie, but I prefer to eat them alone - just a handful at a time!

Macadamia cookies can be quite delicious - but they are also great on their own!

Yes, like you and Jo - we always have nuts in the house and there are so many great nuts to choose from when you are shopping. Macadamias are so creamy and good for you.

Good to know you love macadamias. Yes they are always a more expensive nut - perhaps a treat every now and again. They would be a lovely treat for Christmas!

Absolutely agree with you - they are very moreish - a handful at a time and no more!

Many thanks to you all for your comments, they are always appreciated.

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

Very cool. These little buggers are on my must try list but the prices, yikes. Someday though, as I would like to make flour out of them.

Happy Eating and boogie boogie.

Lowcarb team member said...

These are great nuts but yes they are so expensive. Ground macadamia nuts yield a light, low-carb flour suitable for your baking needs. Useful as a gluten and starch-free substitute. See more on this site

Keep on Eating Happy and boogie

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

As you know, I don't care about them being low carb, but I do love to turn nuts, seeds and berries into yummy homemade flours and meals.

The price though, has to be fair and right now, these are out of my reach.

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, I appreciate you do not care whether or not it's low carb, but that you do have to take care with the foods you eat.
I adore macadamias and wish they were not so expensive ...

But of course there are plenty other nuts and seeds that you can use, chia seeds for instance, to name just one!

Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Unknown said...

My favourite of all nuts, but I echo the expense comments! They aren't just a bit pricey, they are for me prohibitively expensive, which is unfortunate as I love them! I often hear stories about how cheap they are in other countries eg. Australia and I get extremely jealous! Apparently over there they are as cheap as peanuts are over here. Imagine that!

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, I do so wish they were not so expensive ... in fact they are not always readily available in supermarkets etc and I'm sure that is because of their price.

Many thanks for your comment.

All the best Jan