> Macadamia Nut Oil: Better than Olive Oil?
Macadamia Nut Oil: Better than Olive Oil?
Have you tried macadamia nut oil yet?
Macadamia Nut Oil
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I’ve tried several brands of macadamia nut oil.
There is some variation in taste but mac oil, as it’s sometimes affectionately known, is flavourful yet mild enough to harmonize with many different foods.
The price is often quite reasonable, less than what you pay for good quality extra virgin olive oil.
It’s often claimed that olive oil is the healthiest oil for humans to consume.
To be precise, it’s extra virgin olive oil that is supposed to be so healthy.
Although extra virgin olive oil has properties that may be positive for health, some of the beneficial compounds are partly (or entirely) destroyed by heat. To get all of the potential benefits of olive oil, you should add extra virgin olive oil to food after cooking, or heat it minimally.
The truth is that the best extra virgin olive oil is probably neutral at best, neither particularly good or bad for health. If you like olive oil, then using a small amount of a good quality extra virgin olive oil, unheated, or minimally heated, is better than using most other vegetable oils.
But there are better choices, like macadamia nut oil.
Olivado Macadamia Nut Oil - one of my favorite brands
Why Macadamia Nut Oil is Better than Olive Oil
1. Better Fatty Acids for Health + More Vitamin E to Prevent Rancidity
Macadamia nut oil is higher in monounsaturated fat than olive oil. A whopping 80% of the fat in mac oil is monounsaturated compared to ~ 74% in olive oil. Mac and olive oil are higher in monounsaturated fat than canola oil* which only contains ~ 58%.
Macadamia nut oil is the best plant source of palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 monounsaturated fat.
Palmitoleic acid has positive effects on blood lipids (fats), without the oxidative potential of the unsaturated fatty acids like omega-6. It also makes an effective moisturizer if you want to use the oil topically.
Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, shaved with macadamia nut oil successfully. 6 drops applied to his shower-softened facial hair was all that he needed to complete the job. He also liked the way that he could see where he was going with his razor because there was no foam.
Shaving with mac oil is extravagant, perhaps, but I mention it because if you don’t like the taste of mac oil you can try using it on your skin.
Macadamia nut oil contains a good ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fat, a better ratio than olive oil. It has very little omega 6 compared to olive oil (~ 3% vs ~ 8% in olive oil). Most people consume too much omega 6 thanks to the increased use of cheap vegetable oils like corn, soy and safflower.
Macadamia nut oil contains more vitamin E than olive oil. This, with the low level of polyunsaturated fats it contains, means that it’s less prone to go rancid. The shelf life after opening mac oil is about twelve months without refrigeration.
2. More Versatile
Mildly nutty, yet intriguingly buttery, macadamia nut oil harmonizes well with many foods. Unlike extra virgin olive oil, which has a strong flavor, macadamia nut oil is versatile.
You can use macadamia nut oil in some cake and quick bread recipes that call for oil because it’s far milder than olive. For example, it would probably work well in some of the gluten free cake recipes listed in my post Gluten Free Cake Recipes: 7 Good Online Resources. However, if you want an unflavoured cooking oil to safely bake with, I recommend that you melt unflavoured coconut oil and use that instead.
I particularly like how macadamia nut oil tastes with fish, poultry and lamb dishes, and carrots.
Some people love it in home made salad dressing.
Sometimes I’ve mixed 2 parts coconut oil and 1 part macadamia nut oil to flavour tuna salad. Very nice.
And if you like to make your own mayonnaise, it’s a great oil to use, apparently. I haven’t tried that yet.
3. Higher Smoke Point
Smoke point is the temperature that oil burns and develops off flavours.
Macadamia nut oil smokes at ~ 450°F, compared to extra virgin olive oil’s ~4oo°F.
Also, unlike extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil keeps it’s flavour at that high heat.
Better Fat Choices: Quick Advice About Fats
Get most of your dietary fat from truly outstanding choices, namely:
* Coconut oil
There are healthy unflavoured kinds if you don’t like a coconut taste. See Where to Buy Coconut Oil to learn more.
* Butter or ghee. See Is Butter Healthy?
* Fat from the meat on naturally raised grass-fed ruminants (cows, bison, sheep)
100% grass-fed is best, but if you can’t get that, then naturally raised grain finished meat is ok.
For flavour, on occasion, use the following plant oils:
* Macadamia nut oil
* Extra virgin olive oil, but ideally you should favor mac oil!
* ALERT: canola oil is junk, even the organic non-GMO stuff. It’s far too high in omega-6 and it’s closer to a frankenfood than most people realize. Please toss canola oil ASAP if it’s in your home, don’t buy foods that contain it, and inform restaurants and manufacturers that you don’t want them to use canola either.