Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts make a tasty heart-healthy, low carbohydrate snack, loaded with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals such as polyphenols and flavanols.

1/4 cup of macadamia nuts contains the following nutrients (% Daily Value):

Manganese: 69%
Thiamin: 27%
Magnesium: 11%
Tryptophan: 22%
Copper: 13%
Iron: 18%

They also contain nearly 20 grams of healthy, monounsaturated fat (more than any other nut), 3 grams of fiber, and 2.65 grams of protein per serving.

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Health Benefits
Macadamia nuts are unique, in that they have the lowest (and healthiest) ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids of all nuts. They also are also one of very few food sources that contain palmitoleic acid, a rare fatty acid that has been shown to increase the body’s ability to burn fat.

They also contain the highest levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat of any natural food.

Based on extensive studies, some of the health benefits of macadamia nuts include:

Lower cholesterol and tryglycerides
Numerous cardiovascular benefits
Aid in weight loss
One study showed that by consuming macadamia nuts 5 or more time per week, you may be able to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 53%.

To take advantage of the health benefits that macadamia nuts have to offer, consume 30g a day.

More about Macadamia’s
The macadamia nut originated in Australia in the lat 1800’s, where approximately 40% of global supply is currently harvested. In North America, they are grown commercially in Hawaii, California, and Florida.

They grow on small to large sized evergreen trees which take around 7-10 years to produce nuts. Once mature, the trees can continue to produce macadamia’s for up to 100 years!

Organic vs. Conventional
Conventionally grown macadamia nuts require the use of chemicals, which are potentially damaging to our physical and environmental health. By choosing organic, you are not only doing something good for your overall health, but also supporting a more sustainable environment.

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