Top 10 Keto Benefits Of Macadamia Nuts
Even if you have not tasted macadamia nuts before, you definitely must have seen packs of these in supermarkets.
These nuts, thanks to their immense health benefits, are easily available everywhere in India now. They also go by the names Hawaii nuts or Queensland nuts.
If you are on a keto diet, this is one of the best nuts you can ever have.
Do you wonder why?
Amongst all the other nuts, this has the highest fat content.
100 grams of macadamia will give you 75.8 grams of fat and just around 14 grams of carbohydrates.
For those who haven’t tasted the nuts before, these have a slightly creamy and buttery taste to them.
Since they do not have a strong flavor for themselves, it is also easy to integrate the nut in different keto dishes you cook at home.
Here are the top 10 keto benefits of macadamia nuts you should know about.
Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fats
Even when on a keto diet, not all sources of fats are healthy. If you keep choosing saturated fats, you will only be doing more harm than good to your body.
Mono and polyunsaturated fats boost your heart’s health and bring down your unhealthy Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.
Out of the 75.8 grams of fat in macadamia nuts, 60 grams of it is in the form of mono and polyunsaturated fats, which makes it super healthy.
You can make your keto diet really successful by picking these good-fat nuts.
Improved Glycemic Control in people with type II diabetes
The number of people with type II diabetes looking at keto diet as a natural treatment for their condition has increased in the recent past.
Since this is a Low Carbohydrate High Fat (LCHF) diet, the amount of glucose in the blood comes down naturally, reducing the need for excess insulin secretion.
By including macadamia nuts in your diet, you can actually improve your Glycemic Control index. This is a term that points to the average glucose levels present in the blood. The poorer your Glycemic Control index is, the worse will the diabetic condition be and its complications get unmanageable.
A nut-based diet helps bring down fasting blood sugar levels. This also decreases a person’s HbA1c level, which is a clear indicator of how well diabetes is managed.
Macadamia nuts keep you fuller for longer
Some people give up on Keto because they find it difficult to handle the first few weeks of random hunger pangs. You will be able to sustain the diet better and get more benefits from it if you learn to handle such sudden bouts of hunger.
With a 75% fat macros, a handful of the nut can instantly fill you up and prevent you from feeling hungry until the next meal.
Macadamia prevents constipation while on keto
Not consuming enough fiber while on the keto diet can make you constipated. You can prevent this by including macadamia nuts in your diet.
About 100 grams of the nut leaves you higher by 8-9 grams of dietary fiber. This quantity really makes a difference in your bowel movements. Instead of opting for dietary fiber supplements, try out these tasty nuts.
Macadamia nuts improve your satiety levels
Satiety is the feeling of fullness or the mental state where you are happy with the amount of food you have had. After being in a carb-loaded diet for years together, when you suddenly switch to a fat-rich diet and eliminate all your usual food sources, you might not get satisfied with what you eat, even if it is healthier and actually calorie-rich.
Macadamia nuts are a very rich source of omega 7 fatty acids – also known as palmitoleic acid. This acid is proven to improve satiety levels by releasing satiety hormones. Give them a try and see the difference yourself!
These nuts protect your skin
Afraid of skin breakouts because of a sudden diet change? Stay glowing and enjoy clear skin by consuming macadamia nuts. The omega 7 fatty acids in these nuts also help prevent oxidative damage in the cells of the skin and keep it soft, supple, and clear.
Consuming macadamia nuts improve your mood
Feeling frustrated and angry much? Living in a stressful environment is ruining people’s personal and professional lives.
100 grams of macadamia nuts give you more than 100% of your daily vitamin B1 (Thiamine) requirements. One of the common symptoms of Thiamine deficiency is irritability.
By consuming macadamia nuts, you can stay away from:
- Mood swings
- Anxiety and agitation
By keeping these symptoms away, you can focus better on your diet and get better at handling your macros.
The nuts improve the production of ketones
A very important benefit of macadamia nuts for keto-ers is that it actually improves the efficiency of the diet.
100 grams of these nuts give you 195% of your Daily Value (DV) requirements of manganese. Manganese is proven to improve fat metabolism in the body.
Fat metabolism is how your body breaks up fat. The better your fat metabolism is, the more ketones your body produces. You know how beneficial this is to kick you into ketosis and help you stay in that state.
Macadamia nuts improve your focus and concentration
The high levels of monounsaturated acids in these nuts help prevent your brain cells from going through oxidative damage. This improves your focus and concentration. While keto by itself makes you sharper and more focused, with the help of these nuts, your brain will work like a super machine!
Macadamia nuts are very easy to include in your diet
Even if you get bored of eating other kinds of nuts and seeds, you will never grow bored of these creamy nuts. They are soft to bite and chew and have a mild sweet after taste.
Here are smart ways you can enjoy these versatile nuts.
- Soak the nuts overnight in water and snack on it over the day
- Roast in the oven or dry roast in a pan and enjoy as a snack
- Add to smoothies and fruit shakes for a creamy drink
- Make a low carb macadamia nut cookie
- Make macadamia nut butter to enjoy with your keto desserts
Give these nuts a try and they will not disappoint you. They can easily help you reach your fat macros for the day and ensure you stay in ketosis. They can be a great snack for those on keto and others in general too. Introduce your family to this wonderful nut too.