What is Macadamia Nut Oil?
Macadamia Nut Oil is my favourite oil to use in cooking and meals! Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) comes a close second but this blog is a brief run down of the benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil.
Macadamia Nut Oil is extracted from the nut meat of the Macadamia tree. When purchasing Macadamia Nut Oil, look for the First Cold Pressed variety. This is the method of extraction which retains the most health benefits.
Whilst Macadamia Nut Oil is commonly used on the exterior in many beauty products, it also yields plenty of health benefits when included in ones diet.
1. Higher Smoke Point.
Macadamia Nut Oil has a smoke point around 50 degrees higher than EVOO. It smokes at 210°C, while EVOO is 160°C. What this means is that you are able to cook at higher temperatures without “burning out” the good fats, thus still reaping the benefits of these.
2. ZERO Trans Fat.
Macadamia Nut Oil contains ZERO Trans fat and less polyunsaturated fat than Olive Oil. This is a win-win.
3. HIGH Monounsaturated Fat Level.
Macadamia Nut Oil contains even higher levels of monounsaturated fats than Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil. These are some of the healthiest types of fats we can consume. It is now accepted that Monounsaturated fats are able to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Properly Balanced Omega Fatty Acid Ratio.
Macadamia Nut Oil contains the correct 1:1 Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acid ratio. Both of these are essential fatty acids (EFA’s) and must be obtained through food or supplementation. Omega-3 Fatty Acids possess anti-inflammatory properties, while Omega-6 Fatty Acids have PRO-inflammatory properties. This is the reason it is important to have a balanced Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, otherwise you can leave yourself open to developing health problems such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
5. HIGH Oleic Acid Content.
Macadamia Nut Oil contains high levels of Oleic Acid which has been shown to enhance memory, reduce inflammation and boost testosterone. Oleic acid also acts as a great source of good cholesterol, as it helps decrease LDL levels “bad cholesterol type” and boost HDL “good cholesterol type”.
On top of all these health benefits, it actually has a great taste with nutty undertones. I love using it for cooking my animal protein sources! I recommend grabbing a bottle to try next time you are grocery shopping. If you are in Australia I have found a fantastic quality Australian made one from “Pressed Purity” (pictured).
**Disclaimer: If you have nut allergies you still need to be wary of using nut oils, as these can cause similar reactions to when consuming nuts directly. If you do have a nut allergy I would recommend sticking to Extra Virgin Olive Oil or trying Avocado Oil.
“Eat For Your Physique!”