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Macadamias: Chock-full of healthy fats

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We’re halfway into the month and there is still so much more to learn about macadamias. Browse this week’s fun facts and check back next week for some new ones.

In honor of National Macadamia Nut Month, Food & Beverage Insider is highlighting 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?

  • Macadamia nuts are high in both monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which are known as the “healthy fats.”
  • Consumption of macadamias may help to address inflammation (Lipids. 2007;42[6]:583-587) and may benefit brain health (J Nutr Health Aging. 2014;18:496-502).
  • Macadamias have been compared to avocados due to their many health benefits.
  • Macadamias have a favorable ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, at 6:1. Too much Omega-6 can contribute to inflammation (Biomed. Pharmacother. 2002;56[8]:365-379).
  • A 28 to 30 g serving of macadamia nuts is typically 10 to 12 macadamias, which is often referred to as “a handful.”

You can learn more in the first post of the series and last week’s post.

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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