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Macadamia, the good fats nut

inspiration-pic4 Kavita Devgan

Macadamia nuts are packed with a lot of goodness; they fuel our body, mind, and soul. These delightful kernels come with numerous benefits, but the most remarkable one is their excellent fat profile.

Nuts provide good fats, but macadamia nuts go a step further. They have a brilliant nutrition profile consisting mostly of unsaturated fatty acids that can help improve blood cholesterol levels and ease inflammation, among other benefits. Additionally, these nuts have an amazing Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.

Fats are of two types: healthy (unsaturated fats) and unhealthy (saturated fats and trans fats). Good fats, i.e., unsaturated fats, contain monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs and PUFAs.

Omega 3, the nutrient the world is talking about, is a polyunsaturated fat, similar to Omega 6. We need more Omega 3 in our diet but end up incorporating Omega 6 excessively, which can cause inflammation. Macadamia nuts, with their fabulous Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 ratio of 6:1, can help correct that.

They can help reduce inflammation in the body (and boost immunity), keep the heart healthy by lowering cholesterol, and promote brain health. They additionally contain two fantastic fats - Omega 7 and Omega 9 (for which olive oil is famous) - that are not widely known. However, they are great for our heart health and cognitive functioning. Omega 7 is beneficial for hair growth too.

Satiety is also associated with good fats, making them the perfect snack without undesirable weight gain. A serving of macadamia nuts (about 6–7 nuts) contains only 200 calories, 1 gram of sugar, and 4 grams of carbs. This makes them a low-glycemic option that does not initiate a spike in blood sugar levels and fits into all kinds of diets (keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, grain-free, and Whole30, to name a few).

To sum it up, we need good fats in our diet, and macadamia nuts, the promoters of our best overall health, help meet these needs. They are now available in India, which means we can easily include them in our daily diet. For best results, consume one serving per day.

About World Macadamia Organisation:

The World Macadamia Organisation (WMO) represents the macadamia nut-growing countries of the world. Through its campaign, ‘Love Macadamia,’ WMO wants to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of macadamia nuts while stimulating growth, creating demand, and providing the long-term foundations for a strong, sustainable market.

With a similar objective in mind, WMO initiated the ‘Love Macadamia’ India campaign, which aims to introduce the people of the country to this marvellous but largely undiscovered superfood and educate them on its myriad health benefits.



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