3 Reasons Macadamia Nut Oil Should Replace Your Olive Oil
There are many oils out there, so knowing what one to choose can be difficult. Most of you have probably not played around too much with what oil to use, sticking to olive oil or coconut oil, but there is another oil out there that deserves more attention: macadamia nut oil. What are some of the benefits of macadamia nut oil and why should you add this oil to your cooking routine?
Benefit 1: Monounsaturated Fat Content
Olive oil is touted as great for the heart due to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats, however macadamia nuts have a massive 85% concentration of monounsaturated fats, greater than that of olive oil.
Monounsaturated fat helps us stay healthy, and we all know that overall health is important in our being able to perform at the highest level each and every day. This kind of fat consumption is linked with decreased cancer risk and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.
Oleic acid, one kind of monounsaturated fat, has been shown to lower your triglyceride levels. It works with omega-3s in such a way as to increase the absorption of omega-3s into cell membranes, lowering triglyceride levels and raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Oleic acid exists in very high quantities in macadamia nuts.
Benefit 2: Omega Ratio
An ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is 1:1, however in the western diet we have an extreme deficiency of omega-3s. Higher omega-3 content in our diets is associated with decreased arthritis, cancer and heart disease risk, along with improved mood and memory. Macadamia nuts have an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of 1:1, while that of olive oil is 1:13.
Benefit 3: Stability: Shelf Life and Cooking
While olive oil is good for you at room temperature, you have to be very careful with heating it. When an oil has what is called a low smoke point, it will denature at a lower temperature, turning it from a healthy fat into an unhealthy fat.
Macadamia nut oil has a smoke point that is higher than that of olive oil, so it is safe to cook with. This is especially helpful for those who want to limit their dairy and thus reduce their butter consumption as there are few oils with high enough smoke points to cook with.
Macadamia nut oil is also high in phytochemicals, compounds that extend shelf life by protecting from oxidation, so macadamia nut oil will last longer for you if you are an infrequent home cook and need for your foods to last for long periods of time.
A simple shift from one kind of oil to another can have a greater impact than you would think. Macadamia nut oil delivers healthy monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids and does so in a way where you can use it in a variety of dishes and store it for long periods of time. Boost your mood, energy level, and decrease your risk of a slew of diseases by switching out one oil for another.
Another benefit is that macadamia nut oil has a deliciously nutty, delicately sweet flavor, great for baked goods and homemade salad dressings, so the oil can even add to the flavor profile of your dishes!
Look for unrefined, organic macadamia nut oil. Quality is key when looking for cooking oils, so try not to skip this step.
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