Nuts About New Zealand

Health Benefits

Macadamias are a high energy food and contain no cholesterol. The natural oils in Macadamias contain 78% monounsaturated fats, the highest of any oil including olive oil. They are also a good source of protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fibre and are very low in sodium. The protein component of nuts is low in lysine and high in arginine.

Oil

The oils in macadamia are: 84% monounsaturated and 3.5% polyunsaturated +12.5% saturated. The monounsaturated portion contains oleic fatty acid plus the highest known level of paimitoleic fatty acid, which is also present in beneficial fish oils and may be nutritionally significant.
Monounsaturated fatty acids are the "good" fats. They have been shown in macadamias to significantly reduce blood serum cholesterol levels, as well as enhancing the protective high-density lipoproteins and suppressing undesirable low-density lipoproteins.
Macadamias contain no cholesterol and no trans fatty acids. They improve the balance between omega6 and omega3 fatty acids. This facilitates the body's manufacture of essential fatty acids and eicosanoids (prostaglandins etc.)

 

Protein

Macadamias contain significant protein comprising essential and non-essential amino acids. These play an important body building role in muscle structure, connective tissues and blood plasma development. Macadamias contain all the essential amino acids with most of these present at optimum levels. Most of the "simple" carbohydrates are present as saccharides (sugars). Carbohydrates are essential for supplying energy to the body.
Macadamias also contain a large range of minerals, such as Iron, Potassium Phosphorus Magnesium and Calcium. They also contain significant levels of Zinc copper Selenium. The most significant vitamins are: 6 Vitamin E: Thiamine (B1) Riboflavin (B2) Niacin, pantothenic acid (B5) and folate.