HEalth and nutrition

Crunchy, creamy and delicious; macadamia nuts are also incredibly healthy. Studies have shown that including low GI (glycemic index) nuts like macadamias in a healthy kilojoule-controlled eating plan, combined with regular moderate exercise, can actually help with weight loss by curbing your appetite.

Good Fats

Nuts contain good unsaturated fats and don’t increase blood glucose and insulin levels that cause hunger. The macadamia is one of very few plants to include Omega 7, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These healthy oils, combined with fibre and small amounts of plant sterols, help maintain good cholesterol levels, healthy blood vessels and optimal blood supply throughout the whole body, including the brain.

They also contain Omega 3 – an essential fatty acid with a wide range of health benefits, including lowering your risk of cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and migraine headaches.

 

High in Antioxidants

Macadamias have the Heart Foundation’s (Australia) coveted Tick of Approval. Antioxidants are part of your body’s natural defence system and they work by de-activating potentially harmful substances, called free radicals, that damage cells and are thought to contribute to the development of chronic disease.

Digestive Health

Macadamia nuts are also an easy solution to boosting your digestive health and keeping you regular. Macadamias contain about 2g of fibre per 30g serve, which is similar to a slice of wholemeal bread.

 

Vitamins and minerals

Macadamias like other plant foods contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Just a handful (30g) of raw, unsalted macadamias (15 whole or 30 halves) provides you with:
8% of your daily thiamine (vitamin B1), an important vitamin for releasing the energy from food, and necessary for normal functioning of the heart and nervous system.
31% of your daily manganese, a trace element important for antioxidant defences, bone health and normal metabolism.
9% of your daily magnesium for electrolyte balance, nerve and muscle function and bone strength.
4.5% of your daily iron for healthy blood and energy levels
12% of your daily niacin for a healthy nervous system, releasing energy from food and good skin structure and function
12% of your daily copper for antioxidant protection, immune system function and healthy- looking skin and hair.
906 kilojoules
22.2 grams fat total
60mg of Omega 3 as ALA
1.4 grams carbohydrates
1.9 grams of dietary fibre

Macadamias are packed with essential nutrients – you can read more in the table below.

Enjoy macadamias, knowing that every handful is doing you good!

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