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Macadamia Nut Oil's Cooking Benefits
Cassandra B. • January 24, 2012

Looking for a seed or nut oil that can withstand high temperatures? Try Macadamia nut oil.

Macadamia nut oil features oleic acid and contains 80% monounsaturated fats, no trans fat, and about 3% polyunsaturated fat. Due to its buttery, nutty flavor, it often is used to replace olive oil in baking or in salad dressings. The high smoke point of 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit makes it the perfect oil for high heat cooking---its fatty acid composition stays intact when frying and baking at high temperatures.

The nutritional benefits of this oil include magnesium and healthy fatty acids and a shelf life of 1-2 years, making it a healthy and sensible cooking alternative to unhealthy vegetable oils. Macadamia nuts are one of the most fat-derived energy dense nuts available---therefore their oil is often compared to olive oil’s simple production process, making it one of the more naturally processed oils.

Check out our Guide to Healthy Cooking Oils to find out what other cooking oils are good for.