Do you know macadamia nuts? They are spherical nuts made up mostly of healthy fats.
In addition to consuming them directly like any nut, almond or chestnut, they can be used to make milk. Here we tell you how to prepare it and what its benefits are.
What are macadamia nuts?
The macadamia, Maroochi nut, Queensland Nut, New World almond or new almond, is the fruit of the Macadamia plants. Trees can take between 10 and 15 years to reach maturity and maximum yield, so the fruit is very expensive and appreciated throughout the world.
There are 14 species of Macadamia, although only 2 of them (Macadamia integrifolia and Macadamia tetraphylla) are edible, the rest are poisonous.
The consumption of macadamias dates back thousands of years in the rainforest off the northeast coast of Australia. At that time the natives gathered on the slopes to feed on this fruit. They were considered a delicacy so they were treasured and often traded between tribes.
Macadamias can be eaten raw or roasted. You can also choose its oil, an excellent salad dressing, prepare marinades and stews, sauté vegetables and chickens in the wok, or cook fish and meats in the oven.
- Good reasons to eat nuts
In Australia, macadamia oil is recommended as a substitute for other types of oils when frying.
Another delicious and simple option to take advantage of all the properties of macadamia nuts is consuming them as milk.
How to make macadamia milk
Preparing macadamia milk is very simple. You should only use five cups of water for every cup of peeled macadamia nuts.
Once you choose how much to prepare, let the walnuts soak overnight. Drain them, pour them together with the water in a blender and blend until smooth.
Optional: the flavor of this milk is mild, so it is advisable to add a flavor enhancer or sweetener, such as cinnamon, stevia, erythritol, xylitol, or vanilla. If this is your first time making macadamia milk, start by adding small amounts of these ingredients, until you achieve the desired flavor.
You can reserve macadamia milk for several days in the fridge, although it is advisable to drink it early to take full advantage of its nutrients and flavor.
Macadamia milk benefits
Macadamia milk preserves the nutrients of the nuts, such as oleic acid (especially Omega 7, and to a lesser extent Omega 3 and 6), linoleic and folic acid, minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium, and vitamins, such as niacin and thiamine.
Consuming it you can obtain the same benefits that are associated with macadamia nuts:
Macadamia milk is rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, fiber and monounsaturated fats (healthy), so its consumption is associated with cardioprotective properties.
There is scientific evidence that links the consumption of macadamias with an increase in “good” cholesterol levels and a decrease in “bad” cholesterol levels.
This reduces the risk of suffering atherosclerosis, a condition caused by the accumulation of fats in the arterial walls, which makes it difficult for the blood to flow properly.
Macadamia nuts, and therefore milk, are rich in antioxidant compounds, such as vitamin E. These are especially useful substances to fight free radicals, unstable molecules that affect healthy cell structures and promote the appearance of diseases.
Thanks to its rich supply of fiber and protein, macadamia milk is associated with digestive effects, and better weight control, increasing the feeling of satiety and extending the periods between meals.
- Healthy snacks that will help you lose weight
It is advisable to consume this milk in moderation (like walnuts), as it is rich in calories.
Studies show that diets rich in monounsaturated fats (substances that make up 80% of the fat in macadamia nuts) can help reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome, especially in people with type 2 diabetes.
A moderate intake of these nuts is also associated with lower blood sugar levels.
Macadamia nuts are rich in Omega 7 fatty acids, oleic and linoleic acids, vitamin E and sterols, substances that provide softening properties. For this reason, it is common to find them as ingredients in different cosmetic and skin moisturizing products.
Until significant scientific evidence from human trials is available, people interested in using herbal therapies and supplements should exercise extreme caution.
Do not abandon or modify your medications or treatments, first talk to your doctor about the potential effects of alternative or complementary therapies.
Remember, the medicinal properties of herbs and supplements can also interact with prescription drugs, other herbs and supplements, and even alter your diet.
Sources consulted: Australian Macadamias, Comprehensive Natural Medicines Database, US National Library of Medicine, US Department of Agriculture, National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.