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Healthy Cooking With Good Fat

Next time your recipe calls for oil opt for a healthier option whether baking, sautéing, marinating or frying. Macadamia Nut oil is a good fat and a terrific replacement for any oil that a recipe may call for. It contains a perfect 1:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils and an impressive level of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants. Dietary trials in Australia and Hawaii demonstrated that macadamia nut consumption lowered risk indicators for heart disease. While Olive Oil is also a highly beneficial oil, it has a much lower smoke point (high heat threshold) and when it reaches really high temps it begins to burn diminishing it’s nutritional value. Flax & fish oils are also amazingly beneficial, but should be consumed cold or at room temp.

The fat-free craze has many on a full force carb binge-out and look where that’s landed us; with the highest obesity rate of any country in the world. Companies are still labeling foods “Fat Free” as if it's an incentive to buy, to which I’d like to ask...what’s the sugar and simple carb content (the things that really pack on the pounds)?! Instead of being scared of fat, we should embrace the good ones and skip the bad (i.e. trans-fat and partially hydrogenated). The good oils can help you feel full longer (so you have less of a tendency to keep eating), leave your skin beautiful; help improve memory, balance hormones and even help speed up weight loss efforts.

Whether organic or not, Mac Nut oil can be difficult to find in stores. More often than not store clerks look at me with raised eyebrows or squinted eyes as if I’m making this product up, so I order mine online from Jungle Products, who provides a great USDA Certified Organic version. This also makes a wonderful hostess gift and since they offer free shipping over $30, get one for yourself and a couple as gifts! (Last year I put these in my Mom's & Sister’s stockings for Christmas). I highly recommend adding this to your cupboard!

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P.S. Mac Nut oil is also highly beneficial to the skin. If you are experiencing an itchy or flaky scalp, after washing massage 1-2 teaspoons into your scalp and leave-in overnight and wash out in the morning. (Yes, you will smell a bit savory but it’s worth it.)

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