Macadamia Nut Nutrition Info

Macadamia nuts are a great tasting, high energy food containing no cholesterol. The natural oils in macadamias contain 78% monounsaturated fats, the highest of any oil including olive oil. Research is showing that monounsaturated fats can assist in lowering blood cholesterol levels and reducing the incidence of heart disease. In clinical testing they have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels by 7% in four weeks. The incidence of heart disease is significantly lower in people who eat nuts regularly and in moderation, (about 6 - 20 nuts daily), than in those who eat nuts less than once a week.

Macadamias are also a good source of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fibre and are very low in sodium. The protein component of macadamia nuts is low in lysine and high in arginine. This low ratio is associated with lowering cholesterol and decreasing the aggregation of platelets, thus reducing blood clotting and thrombosis. Health Professionals say these are all important for good health and well being.

Macadamias taste great eaten raw from the shell, roasted, or cooked in oil. They can also be used to enhance the flavour of cakes, confectionery, ice cream and casseroles. The possibilities are only limited by the imagination.

This table is based on a serve of 100 grams (3.5 oz) of Macadamia Nuts:

Energy 3040 kJ Protein 8 g
Monounsaturated oils 59g Polyunsaturated oils 3g
Saturated oils 13g Sugars 4g
Fiber 8g Cholesterol Nil
Phosphorus 198mg Calcium 70mg
Sodium 5mg Potassium 363mg

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