Whether enjoyed as a snack, added to recipes, or as an after dinner treat, a handful of macadamias in your diet provide a myriad of benefits including:
Macadamias, and the oil they contain, are the good unsaturated kind, helping maintain ideal cholesterol levels. They are cholesterol free, fibre rich and contain small amounts of natural plant sterols to help keep your cholesterol in check. And macadamias qualify for The Tick – the Australian Heart Foundation Tick, that well recognised symbol that appears on eligible foods to easily identify them as a healthier choice.
Macadamias are the richest source of mono-unsaturates of any natural commercial food. Mono-unsaturates can assist in lowering blood cholesterol levels and reduce the incidence of heart disease. An excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium, dietary fibre and antioxidants, macadamias also contain a large range of minerals, are rich in vitamin E, B1, B2 and folate.
Great for digestive health
Macadamias contain around 2 g natural fibres per 30g serve, providing a natural approach to digestive regularity. Eating plenty of fibre rich foods – including whole grains, legumes, fruits and of course nuts, combined with plenty of fluids is the best way to keep regular. Naturally fibre rich macadamias maintains great bowel health without having to resort to laxatives.
Good fats are essential to a healthy and well balanced diet. Providing macadamias are eaten as part of a controlled diet there is evidence they will not contribute to weight gain or will reduce weight.
And what about chocolate?
Combining the excellent health benefits of Australian macadamias with chocolate proves that healthy can be very very delicious. In a nine year Swedish study of more than 31000 women, those who ate more than one or two servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk for heart failure by as much as a third.
And researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate offers a feeling of satiety. That is, dark chocolate lessens cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. So if indulging in a bit of healthy dark chocolate should not only make it easy for you to stick to the small portion recommended for optimal health, but it should make it easier for you to stick to your diet in general
And when it comes to caring for your body and outer wellbeing, the macadamia is your best friend.
A Non-Greasy Oil
Macadamia oil, unlike conventional hair oil, does not make the hair greasy. It gets easily absorbed into the scalp, seeping into the layers of the skin. You can use macadamia oil as a serum too. Take a few drops of macadamia oil and rub it between the palms. Smooth it through the hair to get a frizz free look.
Prevents Dry Hair
Macadamia nuts contain palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that promotes the production of sebum in the scalp. This replenishes the follicles, rejuvenating the hair. It also moisturizes and strengthens rough and dry hair. Add a little macadamia nut oil to your conditioner and apply it to the hair. This will make the hair silky and smooth. Regular hair massage with macadamia oil increases shine, rebuilds elasticity, and stimulates hair growth.
Macadamia shampoo is very beneficial for the health of the hair. Shampoos containing this nut are ideal for dry and damaged hair. The shampoo replenishes moisture without making the hair heavy. It also protects the hair from environmental conditions.
Macadamia Oil for Dry Skin
Macadamia is very effective for treating dry and damaged skin. Regular application softens, moisturizes, and adds a glow to the dehydrated skin. The emollient properties of macadamia oil benefits to reduce wrinkles and dryness. Macadamia oil is suited for all skin types, including oily skin. It is light, non-greasy and gets absorbed easily into the skin.
This amazing nut contains several anti-ageing compounds that bring down the rate at which the skin ages. Palmitoleic acid in macadamia nuts not only prevents the signs of ageing but also removes it. The acid retains the suppleness of the skin and gives it a youthful appearance.
Macadamia oil makes a great nail treatment. Massaging the hands and cuticles with macadamia oil prevents cuticle damage. It not just improves the condition of the cuticles, but also gives you strong and healthy nails.