Macadamia nuts are South Africa's pride and joy, as we are currently the worlds largest producer of these little balls of gold. Although originally hailing from Australian’s north east territories, macadamias are now grown all over the world where you would find tropical climates as climates such as this provide the ideal setting for these fast-growing trees. South Africa has a total of 3,700 acres under cultivation!
Macadamias are by any measure hard nuts to crack! Indeed, they are considered to possess the world’s toughest shells. Did you know that commercial rollers must exert 21kg per square cm of the shell in order to cause them to crack without damaging the precious kernels. This means the most standard nut cracking tools simply would not do the job!
So what then is the shell of the Macadamia protecting? Perhaps the toughness of the shell starts to make sense when you consider what that shell is protecting. These are some of the healthiest, tastiest, and most nutritionally rich nuts there are. The bountiful treasure concealed behind these shells include an excellent source for iron, vitamin B and phosphorus. Macadamia’s are also made up of up to 80% good fat, the highest of any nut and therefore, an excellent choice for banting diets. This fat is of the monosaturated variety, which means that it is the same kind of fat found in olives, often touted for their health properties – and in the same proportions!
Macadamia nuts contain healthy fats that can help keep the arteries in good heart-health condition. Because they’re rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, they help reduce cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides, a type of body fat. When we lower body fat, we can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Macadamias also contain flavonoids that help to prevent cell damage by protecting cells from environmental toxins. Once these phenomenal flavonoids are in the body, they convert into antioxidants, which is where the power comes into play. Antioxidants have this great job of finding the free radicals in our bodies and destroying them. This is how we protect our bodies from disease.
They also help to lose weight because the good fat content can actually help curb your appetite. Not only that, but macadamias contain palmitoleic acid. Palmitoleic acid has the ability to increase fat metabolism, which in turn reduces fat storage. Macadamias contain a nice balance of nutrients and fats, helping you feel satisfied with only a few of them.
In addition, macadamia nuts contain beneficial dietary fibers that can help you achieve satiety and contain complex carbohydrates like lignans, hemicellulose, amylopectins, mucilage, gums and insoluble cellulose that assist with digestive problems while reducing those nagging hunger pangs. There’s even evidence that nuts like macadamia may have positive effects on preventing metabolic syndrome, though more research is needed to validate this belief.
Containing both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, the macadamia helps you feel full while removing toxins from the body and assisting in good digestion. As a copper-rich food, the macadamia nut helps with the efficient utilization of iron and aids in proper enzymatic reactions.
Macadamia nuts are plentiful in phosphorus, manganese and magnesium, all of which aid in bone and teeth mineralization and the transportation and absorption of nutrients.
They keep the brain and nervous system on point with an abundance of copper, vitamin B1, magnesium and manganese which helps make healthy neurotransmitters, which are those important chemicals that our brain cells need to send signals to the brain. Macadamia nuts are also high in oleic acid, which aids in brain health, and they contain palmitoleic acid, which helps protect nerve cells in the brain — therefore contributing to healthy brain function.
Macadamias are versatile and can be included in your daily diet, either in their raw state, in processed as nut butters, roasted and salted or using macadamia flour in baking. Why dont you buy some today from The Great Cape Trading Company and get yourself and your family on the road to health!