Next time the recipe calls for oil opt for a healthier option whether baking, sautéing, marinating or frying. Macadamia Nut oil is a good fat and a terrific replacement for any oil that a recipe may call for. While Olive Oil is also a highly beneficial oil, it does not have the high temp threshold as Mac Nut oil. When Olive oil reaches really high heat it begins to burn diminishing it’s nutritional value and fish and flax oils should be consumed cold or room temp. We use this oil for so many different uses and especially like to sauté with it as it produces a subtle nutty flavor. The fat-free craze has many on a full force carb binge-out and look where that’s got us…with the highest obesity rate of any country in the world. Companies are still labeling foods “Fat Free” as if it's an incentive to buy, to which I’d like to ask...what’s the sugar and simple carb content (the things that really pack on the pounds)?! Instead of being scared of fat, we need to embrace the good ones (olive, flax, fish, mac nut, etc.) and skip the bad (trans-fat, partially hydrogenated, etc.). The good oils can help you feel full longer (so you have less of a tendency to keep eating), leave your skin beautiful; help improve memory, balance hormones and even help speed up your weight loss efforts.
I was introduced to Mac Nut oil by best-selling author, Ph. D and CNS, Ann Louis Gittleman who pioneered the importance of healthy fats back in the 80s at the Pritiken Institute in Santa Monica, CA. She’s an expert in women’s issues, weight loss and how these all relate to our digestive system and ultimately our immune system. (Needless to say she is one of my nutritional heros.) While her favorite and most touted oils are flax and fish, Mac Nut is a good alternative to canola or any oil you need for high temp cooking.
Whether organic or not, Mac Nut oil can be difficult to find in stores. More often than not store clerks look at me with raised eyebrows or squinted eyes as if I’m making this product up, so I order mine online fromJungle Products, who provides a great USDA Certified Organic version. This also makes a wonderful hostess gift and since they offer free shipping over $30, get one for yourself and a couple as gifts! (Last year I put these in my Mom's & Sister’s stockings for Christmas). I highly recommend adding this to your cupboard!
P.S. Mac Nut oil is also highly beneficial to the skin. If you are experiencing an itchy or flaky scalp, after washing massage 1-2 teaspoons into your scalp and leave-in overnight and wash out in the morning. (Yes, you will smell a bit savory but it’s worth it.)
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