Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Macadamia Nuts & Lowering Bad Cholesterol

I love macadamia nuts. I know they are super high in fat but they are a favorite treat. When you are allergic to gluten, a lot of fun foods are out. When you try to watch your sugar intake, more fun foods are out. While scanning one of my favorite research references, I came across an entry on macadamia nuts.

Here's what I learned. According to a Journal of Nutrition study, a handful of macadamia nuts (40-90 grams or 17-35 nuts) daily for 4 weeks helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL down for 5.3%)and boost good cholesterol (HDL up 7.9%). Pretty good news, eh?

Alas, macadamia nuts, while offering some health benefits, as long as you don't overdo and rack up too many calories, produced "less convincing results" than other nuts, such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts.

I'm not dissuaded from enjoying my little ivory-colored treasures dusted with salt. And, I enjoyed learning that while macadamia nuts are native to Australia and known for being cultivated in Hawaii, smaller farms have cropped up in California and Florida.

Hmm. Now I'm curious where my favorite macadamia nuts are from (some are sweeter tasting than others).

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