Health benefits of macadamia nuts

Health benefits of macadamia nuts

MacadamiaNuts have been in the news for all the good reasons, for their innumerable health benefits. They are considered to be very healthy addition to our diets. Another yummy addition to the category of healthy nuts are macadamia nuts. These are delicious as well as very healthy. Let us have a look at their health benefits.

  • Rich in healthy fats- These nuts are very rich in healthy monounsaturated fat which are said to be cardio protective by reducing cholesterol levels and are great for clearing your arteries. Macadamia nuts are rich in palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty oil that provides the building blocks for the enzymes that control the burning of fat and curb your appetite.
  • Macadamia nuts are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E, selenium and flavonoids which are known to prevent cancers.
  • Macadamia nuts are rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
  • Macadamia nuts provide our daily requirements of thiamine or vitamin B1, one of the vitamin which many of us are deficient in or do not get enough in their diets.
  • Although it is healthier than olive oil, it also has high smoke point and hence can tolerate high temperatures unlike olive oil and hence is a healthy oil for all cooking purposes. It can be used for baking purposes too and can replace oils and butter in baking.

Be careful of overeating these tiny dynamos, as these are rich in calories. One serving of macadamia nuts are about 10-12 nuts. They can work well as midday snack or can be sprinkled over salads. Go ahead indulge in moderation and enjoy its benefits!!!


Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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