Macadamia nuts, unlike most other nuts, are unique in that they pack lower levels of protein but significantly higher levels of fat. This ratio might be deterring to fat-phobes, however, it’s important to note the fat levels are predominately from oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that helps lower levels of LDL cholesterol.
In fact, macadamia nuts are one of the best sources of monounsaturated fat, ranking higher than the popular olive oil. Within their fat profile, they rank the lowest among other nuts in omega 6 fats, a fat that is known to cause inflammation.
Macadamia nuts also contain high levels of vitamins and minerals important for metabolic functions such as manganese, thiamin, and copper.
Try macadamia nuts as a delicious gluten-free alternative in baking and other food preparation.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,695
Serving size: 1 ounce(s)macadamia nuts
Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 6 : 1