Eating a ketogenic diet can feel like an endless search to find deliciously healthy, high-fat, virtually carb-free foods.
As with any healthy eating lifestyle, however, many pre-packaged foods claim to be “keto-friendly,” – but upon inspecting their nutrition labels, you often discover they’re loaded with artificial sweeteners, fillers, and artificial ingredients. This is not a Real Food diet!
There is good news, though! There are many healthy options; you must know what to look for!
One of those healthy, high-fat, perfect-for-keto foods is the macadamia nut!
The Mighty Macadamia
Hawaii might be the first place that comes to mind when you think of macadamias, but they’re native to Australia. (Which explains why they’re also known as the Australian or Queensland nut.)
With a higher fat content than almonds, walnuts, and cashews, you could call this little nut the mighty macadamia as they’re between 72-75% fat, having about 21 grams of total fat in a single 1 oz serving.
Macadamias are also mega-beneficial since they contain MUFAs – specific monounsaturated fatty acids that are not readily available in many other foods.
All these rich, healthy fats give them their highly addictive taste and smooth, buttery texture.
Beyond their healthy fats and being a super satisfying snack, studies on macadamias show that they may provide all sorts of physical benefits! A few of these particularly worth noting are:
- Keeping a healthy heart and lowering the risk of heart disease
- Promoting gut health and better digestion
- Improving metabolic syndrome and helping those with diabetes
- Relieving decrease inflammation in the body
- Destroying free radicals and, in turn, keeping diseases like cancer at bay
- Supporting bone and teeth mineralization
- Protecting the brain and limiting the effects of oxidative stress
The Keto Nut To Eat
Unlike some nuts, which have enough carbs in a single serving to push you to the limit for staying in ketosis, macadamia nuts only have 1.6 grams of net carbs per serving. This means, especially for keto dieters, macadamias are a mega nut to snack!
They’re a Real Food. A single ingredient. A powerful punch of nutritional fats to snack on. When you’re munchie and looking for a wholesome yet satisfying choice, reach for the mighty macadamias!