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Celebrating National Macadamia Nut Month

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February is the month of the macadamia. There is so much to know about these popular nuts, from their origination to potential health benefits. Check back each week this month for more fun facts.

There’s no denying the facts; nuts can be part of a healthy diet. Nuts have shown to be nutrient-dense foods rich in unsaturated fats, fiber and minerals. They may also help lower cholesterol and reduce the likeliness of coronary heart disease and inflammation (Nutrients. 2010;2[7]:652-682).

Though the world celebrates National Macadamia Nut Day on Sept. 4, the entire month of February is dedicated to macadamias.

Throughout the month, FBI will highlight some neat factoids about the popular nuts from the World Macadamia Organisation (WMO), an international nonprofit representing macadamia-growing countries, which is dedicated to educating consumers about the various benefits of these versatile nuts.

Did you know?

  • Macadamias are native to Australia, but they are grown on most continents. The largest producing countries are South Africa, Australia, China, Kenya, Guatemala, Vietnam, Malawi and Hawaii.
  • Macadamias are known as a superfood. They are abundant in good fats, vitamins and minerals.
  • Macadamia nuts contain a mixture of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutirents, which make the nut a great option for inclusions.

Check out the other posts in the series to learn more:

Heather Carter is the associate editor of Food & Beverage Insider at Informa Markets. She has worked in trade publishing for nearly a decade, covering a variety of topics, from tile to bedding. Reach her at [email protected].

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