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Nutritional Facts and Health Benefits of Macadamia Nuts

Macadamias are considered the world's finest nut and their delicate flavour, versatility and crunchy texture make them a delight to consume. They also contain a range of nutritious and health promoting constituents and form an important part of a healthy diet. A balanced diet containing macadamias promotes good health, longevity and a reduction in degenerative diseases.

The image of macadamia and other tree nuts is changing as research, dietary trials and population studies demonstrate their importance as part of a healthy diet. This increasing knowledge and understanding of health benefits is likely to alter public perception so that macadamias may be selected primarily for their nutritive and health value apart from their great flavour and texture.

Research from other tree nuts with similar composition is often applicable to macadamias and have been proven to have significant health benefits. The Mediterranean Health Pyramid or diet recommends tree nuts be eaten daily. The good news is you don’t have to think of breaking your diet by eating macadamias. There is increasing evidence that they have a positive effect on many aspects of our health and they are full of important nutrients including monounsaturated fats, proteins, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and phyto-chemicals.

Nutritionists, medical researchers and food scientists are undertaking ongoing research into nutritional and health benefits of macadamias which means available information is being updated.

Summary of Health Benefits

AND they taste great, too!

Nutritional Benefits
As macadamias are a natural product their composition may vary due to the growing district, variety, cultural procedures and growing season. The composition of macadamias typically contain the following:


Composition of 100g dried macadamia nuts

Protein
Total Fat
Carbohydrates
Fibre
Thiamin
Riboflavin
Niacin
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sodium

7.91g
75.77g
13.8g
5.2gm
0.350mg
0.162g
2.473mg
85mg
3.69mg
130mg
188mg
368.0mg
5.0mg

Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Guatemala (The Cracker, April 2000).

There is increasing scientific evidence that there arc positive health benefits from diets containing fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, and which include fish, nuts and low fat dairy products (The Cracker. INC Magazine. April 2000).

The taste, crunchiness, aroma and colour of Macadamia nuts make it definitely the pearl of all tree nuts. The quality of Macadamias is unique vs. other nuts. The price therefore can be maintained at a level, which will be profitable for a producer in Southern Africa to compete in the world market with his crop.

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