Macadamia nut oil also provide significant health benefits. While olive oil and rapeseed oil are by far the most popular monounsaturated fats in use, macadamia nut oil is superior to cook with because of its lower level of polyunsaturated fat (3% for macadamia nuts versus 8% for olive oil and 23% for rapeseed oil).
As a result, while olive oil and rapeseed oil can form lipid peroxides at relatively low cooking temperatures, macadamia nut oil is stable at much higher temperatures (over two times more stable than olive oil and four times more stable than rapeseed).
Macadamia oil, like olive oil, is also very high in natural antioxidants. In fact, it contains more than four and a half times the amount of vitamin E as olive oil.
(224 calories, 23.3g fat)
Of all the different types of nuts, macadamias are the fattiest (that's why they taste so wonderful!), although a large proportion of this is the healthy monounsaturated variety. Just go easy if you're watching your weight.
These nuts are also rich in manganese, which plays a role in sex-hormones formation and protecting cells from free-radical damage.
Like other nuts, they're very good at lowering high cholesterol and triglycerides