It's okay, go nuts!
Here’s a random question: What’s the most expensive nut in the world?
Answer: it’s in the title!
How expensive are they? In 2022, macadamia nuts range between US$ 4.51 to US$ 4.12 (RM 20.17 to RM 18.42) per kilogram. The primary reason behind its costly value is the slow harvesting process. Macadamia trees take seven to 10 years to even begin producing nuts.
The Australian native has since found new homes in the fertile soils of Brazil, Costa Rica, Hawaii and more. Besides their subtle, butter-like flavour and creamy texture, macadamia nuts have loads of health benefits to offer. Let’s explore some of them!
#1 HEART HEALTH
Eating small amounts of macadamia nuts daily can help reduce inflammation, which is a risk factor for heart diseases. Thus, lowering your risk of getting cardiovascular problems.
#2 WEIGHT LOSS
Two components known to reduce hunger and promote feelings of fullness are protein and fibre. Macadamia nuts just happen to have pockets full of them. Thus, munching on these nuts regularly can help you against overeating.
#3 GUT HEALTH
The soluble fibre present in macadamia nuts can act as prebiotics. Meaning they can help feed your gut with lots of beneficial bacteria. This will in turn reduce inflammation and protect against colon and rectal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
#4 BRAIN HEALTH
Older studies have shown that tocotrienol-rich supplements like macadamia nuts can help protect our brain cells from the effects of glutamate. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter in the brain and central nervous system that controls learning and memory. So, guarding the levels of glutamate ultimately affects the development of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Sources: Healthline, WebMD, Medical News Today, Everyday Health