Various authorities on nutrition and health published information on the incredible nutritional and health benefits of Macadamias – we recommend researching those articles (especially on Omega 7).
Apart from the table of nutrients that are given below in general, we would like to highlight the following health considerations compiled by our Nutritionist (email@example.com – Dr Ingrid van Heerden):
Macadamias and the Mediterranean Diet
Macadamia nuts contain NO CHOLESTEROL and are a rich source of MONO-UNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS. Research has shown that Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids have a positive effect on high blood fat levels. Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids lower the “bad” LDL-cholesterol and raise the “good” HDL-cholesterol in the blood, making Macadamia Nuts an excellent choice in diets designed to lower blood cholesterol levels. A 30g portion of Macadamia nuts contains about 2 grams of dietary fibre, and 18 grams of Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids (72% of the RDA).
Macadamias for Active People
People who are very active, e.g. sportsmen and women, teenagers and young children, need a sustained source of energy to keep them going all day. Nuts with their high Mono-unsaturated fatty content can supply sustained energy for long periods. Eating a handful of Macadamia nuts give you an energy boost before, and after training.
Macadamias – a Vegetarian Favourite
Nuts have formed a part of the human diet for centuries, and Vegetarians know that Macadamias are an important and delicious addition to their diet. Sprinkled over cereal, added to vegetable dishes and fruit salads, Macadamia nuts add nutritional magic.
Average/typical Nutrient Composition of Raw Macadamia Nuts:
(Source: USDA National Nutrient database for Standard References. Release 17, 2004)
|Total fats||76 g|
|Saturated fats||12 g|
|Monounsaturated fats||59 g|
|Polyunsaturated fats||1.50 g|
|Linoleic acid (18.2)||1.30 g|
|Linoleic acid (18.3)||0.20 g|
|– Sugars||4.5 g|
|– Starch||1 g|
|Vitanim C||0.70 mg|
|Thiamin (B1)||0.71 mg|
|Ribovlavin (B2)||0.09 mg|
|Patothenic acid||0.06 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.36 mg|