|So why are mono-unsaturated fats good for us?
A recent study at Wesley
Hospital in Brisbane found that a diet enriched by macadamias actually lowers harmful
blood cholesterol in participating patients. The research concluded that eating 6-20
macadamia nuts per day actually lowered harmful blood cholesterol by 7% and triglycerides
by 25% when compared with a high complex carbohydrate diet.
cholesterol still considered important?
and information about cholesterol in the last 10 years have been controversial. However,
an increased blood cholesterol level is still considered one of the major risk factors in
the development of cardiovascular disease. It is recognised that one of the dietary
factors contributing most to an increased blood cholesterol level is the type of dietary
fat consumed. A high intake of saturated fat (typical Western diet) contributes to
increased blood cholesterol while a higher proportion of monounsaturated and
poly-unsaturated fats (such as in Macadamias) appears to protect against cardiovascular
disease by lowering total cholesterol and increasing the HDL-cholesterol (good
information prepared by Ingrid Perols, Dietician and lecturer, email SCIMP@twp.ac.nz)
Macadamias good value?
Eating the best
tasting products that are best for you is always good value! To look at it another way, if
we pick 100 kg of nuts with husk from our trees we will have 46 kg after dehusking, 34.5
kg after drying and only 10 kg of kernel after cracking. Thus we have 90% waste products -
the remaining 10% deserves to be good!
Tonics - perhaps the most unique use reported for macadamia nuts in in the treatment of
- macadamia husks are generally returned to the field as mulch or used for compost
Mix & Fuel - shells are sometimes used by flower growers for growing media, but their
best use is as fuel.
cooking oil is one of the new gourmet cooking oils available. It is used by our own
cafe and gives a great taste for food. It is competitively priced in
either gift bottle or everyday use bottles, so why not give it a try?
Cosmetics: Macadamia oil can be refined to a cosmetic cream or
massage oil. It has a silky non-greasy feel - the perfect gift for someone who thinks they