You’ve probably seen macadamia nuts in everything from trail mix, to cookies, to milk. There’s a good reason for this too: it’s a nutritional powerhouse. Alright, so you probably shouldn’t raid the cookie jar tonight, but there are several ways you can implement this yummy treat into your diet. You can even use it for baked chicken to give it that extra crunchy texture! Check out our Macadamia Crusted Chicken Thighs recipe from our FK Nutrition Recipe eBook.
What exactly are the benefits of including this treat in your diet then?
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Most of the fat in macadamia nuts are monounsaturated fats. If you remember our blog about Fat Myths, you’ll know that these are some of the healthy fats, along with polyunsaturated fats. Research shows that they help reduce total LDL (bad) cholesterol, and thus help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Since Macadamia nuts are high in fiber but low in carbohydrates, they’re particularly helpful in helping to manage spikes in blood glucose. Those who struggle with high blood sugar could benefit from including these healthy nuts into their diets. Also, fiber is key to helping regulate gut health, which is an important part of overall health.
This word makes a lot of appearances when talking about health. That’s because antioxidants are one of your nutritional best friends. They help to prevent damage to your cells caused by free radicals roaming around in your body. Free radicals occur naturally, but things such as diet, environment, and poor lifestyles can lead to an increase. Including antioxidants in your diet can help lower the risk of several cancers and heart disease. Some of the antioxidants found in macadamia nuts are manganese, flavonoids, selenium, and Vitamin E. As you can see, this small treat carries a variety of health-supporting nutrients, so you won’t want to miss out!
Another way you can add macadamia to your diet is actually creating a dip from it! It’s simple, delicious, nutrient-packed, and makes for a great breakfast addition or snack. This is especially true if you’re starting a Ketogenic diet where you’ll be consuming high fats (of the good kind), medium protein, and low carbs.
Check out our Macadamia Dip! You can add some strawberries, or berry of your choice, to really upgrade those antioxidant levels.
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