Nuts do we really eat enough of them? I would say probably not, this is something that we probably indulge in especially in this country at Christmas time, even know you can buy nuts all year round. But today we are going to talk about a nut which you may not of heard of these particular nuts are called Macadamia Nuts.
These are one powerhouse of a food on their own and something you won’t want to miss eating, unless of course you have a allergy to nuts then perhaps you can’t eat them.
Some History about Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Nuts were discovered in 1853 by two European botanists, they were found growing in Australian rainforest’s all those years ago. They got their name by, being named after someone called Dr John Macadam, who was a friend to the two botanists; he was a philosopher, politician, and medical teacher.
For a while, the trees that grew the nuts were used for ornamental purposes only, but later on during the 1890s some were moved to Hawaii and this was the start of the nuts being grown commercially.
What Do They Taste Of
They have a soft crunch, and have a smooth buttery taste which melts in your mouth, which is slightly sweet.
How Can You Eat Macadamia
Here are some suggestions, use them as a snack so you could include them in your sandwich box or just have some, as a snack for in between meals. Depending on what type of breakfast you have you could add them to porridge, or make your own muesli using them by using the following ingredients, bran, seeds, some dried fruit, and the nuts themselves.
Have them with a salad, rice, or sprinkle them on your vegetables with your dinner just to add that little bit extra of zing to your dinner. Add them to some yoghurt with some fresh fruit.
If you would like some recipes to try here is a link to a PDF that has some Macadamia Recipes, one word of caution here if you are a dog owner do not give them to your dog, it can cause weakness and they may not be to stand for quite a while. But it will not be permanent it only lasts for 48 hours.
Here are some other links to Macadamia websites just in case you want to get more recipes
You can buy Macadamia in supermarkets and most reputable health food stores, as far as snacks are concerned people are turning more and more to things like Macadamia, purely because of their health benefits there has been a real growth of people buying nuts between the years of 2001 and 2006.
What Are the Health Benefits of Macadamia Nuts
These particular nuts have some power health properties;
Can help with lowering cholesterol
May prevent coronary heart disease
They have a very high fibre content approximately seven percent
They have no cholesterol whatsoever
High levels of mono saturated fat which is a good fat, they have low levels of saturated fat, and polyunsaturated fats
Have high levels of protein which comprises of essential and non-essential amino acids, high levels of vitamins and minerals which include potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and small amounts of various B vitamins
So all in all it such a small package you have one heck of a punch as far as eating a healthy food is concerned. So go nuts for Macadamia Nuts.
Here are some links to studies which talk about Macadamia Nuts and people who have eaten them and have been monitored.