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New School Cooking Oil

Feb 1, 2011

We've been stuck in an olive oil rut for a while, haven't we. We're told it's the only healthy oil for the most part, and frankly--I'm BORED!

Let's step out of our comfort zone a while and explore the health benefits of macadamia nuts. Honestly, these are the most energy-dense nuts out there, meaning the highest in calories. However, it is one of the most stable of all the oils out there, being highly shelf-stable and resistant to heat-induced oxidation (which is BAD). It's its high monounsaturated fat content that makes it this way--it's higher than olive oil, but who would have known since we're told the only healthy oil comes from olives.

Macadamia nut oil is also full of antioxidant power--which makes it cancer-protective. The particular antioxidants found in this oil protect us from sun-induced damage and is used in our bodies to create cholesterol (this is a good thing) and vitamin D. Research shows that consumption of macadamia nut oil over time has a positive affect on blood lipid profiles--meaning it lowers the BAD LDL and raises the GOOD HDL.

So, keep all of this great info in mind next time you're in the oil aisle and enjoy this oil and all its buttery, nutty healthi-ness!


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