Τhe macadamia nuts are sweet, delicious and flavorful edible nuts that are packed with notable health-benefiting nutrients. Other names of the nut include Australia nut, bush nut etc. This nutty, big nut is native to the East Coast rainforests of North Eastern parts of Australia. Several parts of mineral rich, tropical and subtropical areas of Australia, Hawaiian Islands, Middle Americas, Brazil and South African regions are where these nuts grow in abundance.
Macadamias are usually enjoyed raw in their original form, or as in this case, roasted and salted. They can easily be used in sweet delicacies and can also be crushed and added atop of any salad or dessert. Macadamias have also been used in ice creams and confectionary, as an addition to biscuits, sweets and cakes. When processes, macadamias produce a gluten free and rich in protein macadamia butter.
• Macadamia nuts contain one of the highest calorific values among nuts, prociding about 718 calories per 100 grams of nuts.
• Macadamia nuts contain abundant amounts of dietary fiber. Additionally, they are a very good source of phytosterols like β-sitosterol. They are also cholesterol free.
• Macadamias, being gluten free, are usually employed in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas. These food formulas offer a great alternative to people with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
• The nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and palmitoleic acids. These acids help retain a balance between LDL bad cholesterol levels and HDL good cholesterol levels.
• Macadamias are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
• Additionally, they contain a significant amount of improtant B-complex vitamins that are vital for many metabolic functions. Some of those are niacin, pyridoxine, thiamin and riboflavin.
• Small amounts of vitamin A and E can also be found in macadamia nuts. Both are fat soluble vitamins that possess potent antioxidant properties, protecting the cell membranes and DNA from free radical damage.
Macadamia nut allergy is quite a rare occurance and not as common as other tree nut allergies like cashew and pistachios. Sometimes, hypersensitivity could occur and the symptoms may range from gastro-intestinal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and respiratory symptoms like lip swelling, throat pain, breathing difficulty and chest congestion.