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Macadamia nuts: health benefits and nutritional value

  1. Macadamia nuts are the fruits of the macadamia tree, which is native to Australia. The macadamia tree can reach a height of 20 meters in the wild, but on plantations they are often a bit smaller. Macadamia is a genus in the Proteaceae family. The macadamia fruit grows in a fleshy husk with a seed in it with a diameter of 1 to 1.5 cm. The nut itself is protected by a hard shell. These nuts contain some of the most important essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, certain B vitamins, iron, folate and manganese, as well as proteins, healthy fats and antioxidants. Macadamia nuts are also rich in oleic acid (the main single-bond unsaturated fatty acid) and omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids, which are exactly the same fatty acid found in olive oil. These nuts also contain many other nutrients.

Nutritional value of macadamia nuts

  1. Macadamia are a rich source of vitamin A, protein, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 and folic acid. They also contain moderate amounts of zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Macadamia nuts contain antioxidants such as polyphenols, amino acids, flavones and selenium. It is also a good source of carbohydrates such as sucrose, fructose, glucose, maltose and some starch-based carbohydrates. 28 grams of macadamia nuts contain 201 calories. It contains 21 grams of total fat, of which only 3 grams is saturated fat. The nuts contain no cholesterol and negligible amounts of sodium

Side effects of macadamia nuts

  1. Macadamia nuts are safe to eat and side effects are rare. But excessive intake can cause allergies and high blood pressure



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