Macadamia Oil: The “Aloha Oil” You Need in Your Pantry
In addition to the low omega-6 content, macadamia nut oil also has a flash point between 410 and 453 degrees F. Below this range, it remains stable and preserves the antioxidant value inherent in macadamia nuts.
In fact, adding macadamia nut oil to your primal pantry doesn’t just help to reduce the risk of consuming oxidized omega-6 rich oils… it can also help to provide more antioxidant protection in your diet.
In addition to vitamin E (in the form of full-spectrum tocotrienols), macadamia nut oil also contains squalene. This antioxidant has been found to help protect the skin against UV-induced damage. It also assists the body in producing essential vitamin D and cholesterol.
Mediterranean Benefits of an Island Oil
Macadamia nut oil also confers many of the healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It has extremely high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) – like those found in olives and avocados.
Consider some of the ways that MUFAs have been shown to benefit your health:
- Protect the Heart: A study of more than 3,000 men and women found that a diet rich in MUFAs can help reduce the risk of damaged cholesterol by almost 20%.
- Reduce Belly Fat: A study published in Diabetes Care found that when participants ate a carbohydrate-rich diet, they accumulated belly fat and had lower levels of adiponectin (a weight loss hormone) as well as reduced insulin sensitivity. On the other hand, when the participants ate a diet rich in MUFAs, they enjoyed a decrease in abdominal fat, higher levels of weight loss hormones, and improved insulin sensitivity – all without exercise or calorie reduction!
- Boost Insulin Sensitivity: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that six months on a MUFA-rich diet resulted in a 3% drop in fasting glucose, a 9.4% reduction in insulin levels, and a 12% decline in insulin resistance.
- Guard Against Cancer: A study published in Public Health Nutrition found that women getting the most MUFAs had significantly lower risk of breast cancer than those getting the least. Another study published in Cancer Causes and Control found that men eating a MUFA-rich diet had a lower risk of prostate cancer. What’s more, the higher the MUFA in the diet, the greater the reduction in prostate cancer risk.
Look for macadamia nut oil bottled in dark glass containers (Olivado is a brand I like). Store in a cool dark place, and use for sautéing, searing, and baking as well as for homemade salad dressings and sauces. Not only will you enjoy a light, buttery and nutty flavor… but a myriad of health benefits as well.
To Fighting Disease with Deliciously Healthy Fats!
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