Commonly forgotten among the other more ‘popular’ nuts, the macadamia nut shouldn’t be underestimated as it’s a powerful vitamin and nutrient source. As can be seen in decadent desserts and puddings, macadamias are easily replaced by almonds and cashews when people think of a healthy snack but there are a few surprising facts about them that might just change your mind, so read on for these Top 5 Health Benefits of Macadamia Nuts!
1. Helps strengthen your hair, skin and nails
Macadamia nuts are incredible sources of protein and calcium, as well as being surprisingly low in sodium. The low levels of sodium mean that they are great for hydrating your body as they regulate your water levels and prevent too much from leaving your body.
2. Supports good gut health
Like most nuts, macadamias are high in fibre with 7% of their content consisting of dietary fibre. This helps maintain your healthy gut function by ensuring that all that needs to pass, will!
3. Supports your brain and nervous system
High in elements such as magnesium and copper, as well as vitamin B1 these nuts contain potent properties for supporting proper neurotransmitter growth and function. They also aid your body’s intake of iron from food, which aids with enzyme reactions that need to fire off in your brain and body.
4. Curb your appetite and aid weight loss
These nuts are high in monounsaturated fats and therefore, you only need a few to satisfy your hunger. A handful will prove to be a great filler between meals to keep you from reaching for those Pringles!
5. Helps keep your heart healthy
Their high monounsaturated fat properties mean that these nuts are effective in reducing cholesterol levels in your blood, as well as ensuring your arteries are kept clear and healthy.
So now you know how prodigious these little sources of power are for you, check out a few recipes for some yummy snacks. Have a look at the video above to make some delicious macadamia nut butter to spread on your toast, plonk on your ice cream, cereal, celery sticks and more! Upload your picture on Instagram so we can see how you got along. Have something to share about this underrated nut? Comment below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. (Indulge yourself with our other nutty Top 5’s to help you Keep YOUR Fit ON!)