Macadamias: Chock-full of healthy fats

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.

Heather Carter, Associate editor

February 17, 2023

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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].

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate editor, Food & Beverage Insider

With over a decade of diverse professional experience under her belt, Heather has journeyed from the bustling world of local news reporting to the intricate realms of trade publishing. She has covered a wide array of topics, ranging from architecture and design to the food and beverage industry.

During her illustrious career, Heather also ventured into the realm of public relations, where she gleaned invaluable insights into the art of strategic communication and brand storytelling. Yet, her heart has always been anchored in the vibrant world of F&B, a passion deeply ingrained in her roots as the daughter of a seasoned chef. She has always held a profound appreciation for the role food plays in shaping cultures and connecting people.

With each story she tells, Heather seeks to illuminate the profound impact of food and beverage on people’s lives, celebrating its ability to evoke emotions, foster connections and weave the fabric of our shared human experience.

As Food & Beverage Insider's associate editor, she co-publishes a weekly news column, Business Bites, which showcases the latest industry news, highlighting key business updates, food and beverage innovation, industry events and more. Some of her other articles touch on important topics, such as ultra-processed foods, plant-based foods primed to change the food landscape, international flavors and ingredients, as well as better-for-you CPGs. She also frequently covers top trends at various industry events and has moderated first-of-their-kind education sessions at Informa events.

She can be reached at [email protected].

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