By now, most people know the importance of including good fats into their diet but the secret’s not yet out about macadamia oil benefits. Long behind us are the days of thinking that only ‘fat-free’ this and ‘fat-free’ that was the way to health. There is definitely a place for good quality fats in a healthy diet. High quality fats can lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, keep skin looking healthy, and can help soothe a frazzled nervous system.
Most people choose to include healthy fats into their diet by using more olive oil, eating some salmon or avocados, or by taking some sort of fish oil capsule. So many people overlook macadamia nut oil which is not only delicious, but actually has higher levels of monounsaturated fat than either olive or flaxseed oil.
Most of us keep our consumption of macadamia nuts to either munching on them in cookies, or by eating them chocolate-covered. But have you ever thought to try the oil itself, and not only because of the macadamia oil benefits? It’s a beautiful amber color (making for a lovely salad dressing base!), and its inherent nuttiness lends a unique flavor to your recipes.
Macadamia Oil Benefits – Health For Inside & Out
Macadamia nut oil contains very high levels of oleic acid. You may be thinking, ‘so what’? Oleic acid has been shown to reduce inflammation, boost memory power, increase testosterone, and reduce symptoms of asthma. It helps to lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol), while it increases HDL (good cholesterol). Research has also found that the monounsaturated fatty acids in macadamia nut oil increase the absorption rate of nutrients and fat-soluble vitamins.
Macadamia nut oil aids in the overall strength of the body’s bones, tissues and cells through the quantities of magnesium that it provides. Magnesium also supports nerve and muscle functions and stabilizes heart rhythm.
As for trans fats (which we hopefully all know by now to steer away from when possible!), macadamia oil has zero grams of trans fats. While it contains the same amount of calories as olive oil, it happens to also contain less polyunsaturated fat.
So it all sounds great – but how should you use macadamia oil? The easiest is to simply drizzle it wherever you normally would use olive oil. As a salad dressing, it holds so much flavor on its own that you may not want to add many other ingredients. A good quality macadamia nut oil (look for cold-pressed and organic) can stand on its own over greens or any other veggie. It is also delicious over some crumbled feta cheese, and the mixture can be put on crackers. You can add a splash of the oil to smoothies, or even drizzle it over a bowl of oatmeal and berries for some nutty goodness.
For cooking, it is revered because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil. This means that you can cook it at approximately 40 degrees higher than you could olive oil before you would burn out the good fats and benefits associated with them. Accidently overheating an oil is one of the quickest ways to degrade its beneficial fatty acids.
Keep in mind that macadamia nut oil is just as good for the outside of your body as it is for the inside. A little of the oil warmed up makes a great deep conditioner for hair, can quickly fix even the worst cuticles, and is a good all-over body moisturizer.
At this point, is there honestly any reason why you should NOT try to incorporate this oil into your life?!
P.S. If you’re in Australia, we recommend Hand ‘n’ Hoe Organic Macadamia Oil, available every fortnight at Eveleigh Markets. While we’re at it, we also recommend Eveleigh Markets as the best Farmers Market in Sydney! Let us know when you’ve discovered the benefits of macadamia oil