Health & Nutrition
Macadamias are a nutrition powerhouse, beneficial to health and wellbeing. Enjoying a handful of nuts (30g) regularly as part of a healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes and can help with weight management.
Eating just a handful of nuts at least five times a week can:
- Lower the risk of heart disease by 30-50%
- Lower type 2 diabetes by 25%
- Help manage body weight
- These are similar to the benefits of regular fruit and vegetable consumption
Rich Source of Healthy Fats
Eating a variety of nuts will help provide the right balance of healthy fats in your daily eating plan. Healthy fats are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats which can help regulate blood cholesterol.
Contain Plant Omega-3s
Plant omega-3s are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in walnut, pecans, hazelnuts and macadamias. The heart healthy omega-3 property is called alphalinoleic acid.
Two handfuls of nuts (67g on average) each day significantly reduces LDL cholesterol by 5%-7%. (This is backed up by extensive research and analysis).
Studies have shown that eating nuts produces anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidants and other phytochemicals play an important role in reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is thought to cause many chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Because nuts are a plant food they are naturally free of dietary cholesterol. Nuts have a lower proportion of saturated fat and a higher proportion of healthy facts which helps explain their heart health effects. This is good news for people who already have high blood cholesterol levels and need to monitor their saturated fat intake.
Rich Source of Antioxidants and Phytochemicals
Nuts contain a variety of antioxidants including vitamin E, selenium, copper, manganese plus phytochemicals such as flavonoids, resveratrol and ellagic acid. These protective plant vessels, reduce the risk of congested arteries and have an anti-inflammatory action.
Source of Arginine
Nuts contain arginine, an amino acid building block of protein which is converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric acid causes blood vessels to relax and remain elastic. Hardening of the arteries and blood clotting that can lead to heart disease.
All nuts contribute fibre to the diet. There are two types of fibre in foods – soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre helps reduce blood cholesterol by reducing cholesterol reabsorption in the intestine, excreting it from the body. Insoluble fibre helps maintain a healthy bowel function. Nuts with skins are particularly high in fibre.
SOURCE – Nuts for Life