Sunday, September 4, 2016

September 4, National Macadamia Nut Day - Nutrition, Recipes, and Resources

Macadamia nut is the seed of the macadamia tree. Macadamia nuts are native to Australia and also known as the Australian Nut. They are commercially grown in Hawaii and, to a much smaller degree, in California and Florida. Roasted macadamia nuts are a popular snack. 


Health Benefits and Nutrition


Macadamia nuts are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), such as oleic acid and palmitoleic acids. Studies suggest eating macadamia nuts as part of a healthy meal plan seems to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Compared to other common edible seeds such as almonds and cashews, macadamias are high in fat and low in protein. Macadamia nuts have sweet taste. One ounce of nuts provide about 200 calories/1 ounce.

They contain numerous nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness.

One ounce (28.3 g) of macadamia provides 2 g or 8% of daily-recommended levels of dietary fiber. Additionally, they are a very good source of phytosterols such as β-sitosterol. Macadamia nuts contain no cholesterol.

Macadamia nuts are free from gluten, it is a popular ingredient in the preparation of gluten-free foods. This provides a healthy alternative in people with wheat gluten allergy and celiac disease.



Macadamia Nut Side Effects & Safety
Macadamia nuts are safe as food. They can cause an allergic reaction, but this is unusual.

Special Precautions & Warnings
Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.



Recipes

Resources
1. Wikipedia, Macadamia Nuts
2. 
Nutrition and You, Macadamia Nuts
3. Livestrong, Are Macadamia Nuts Healthy?
4. WebMD, Macadamia Nuts






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