- Macadamias are the richest nut source of healthy monounsaturated fats (81%), important for heart health.
- They also contain antioxidants (including tocotrienols – a form of vitamin E – and some of the highest flavonoid levels of all tree nuts!), vitamins and minerals (such as manganese and niacin) – as well as plant-based protein, and fibre, for gut health.
- Macadamias are naturally low in salt (sodium) and sugar.
- Compared to other tree nuts, almonds are particularly high in vitamin E and calcium. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps maintain a healthy heart. Calcium forms the structure of bones and teeth and aids in blood clotting.
- They contain predominantly monounsaturated fats, important for heart health.
- Almonds are high in the amino acid arginine. Arginine is converted to nitric acid in the body which causes blood vessels to relax and remain elastic, preventing blood clotting.
- Almonds are a source of protein, mono-unsaturated fats and fibre, and are naturally low in sugar and sodium.
- They are a source of copper, iron, magnesium and manganese, and they are high in riboflavin and vitamin E and a source of niacin.
Cashews contain the most iron and zinc of all tree nuts. A 30g serve has 1.5mg iron (around 19% of the RDI for women aged 51 years and older and men of all ages, and around 8% of the RDI for younger women) and 1.7mg zinc (around 12% of the RDI for men, and 21% for women). Iron is needed to transport oxygen throughout the body, and zinc plays an important role in wound healing and immunity.
- Cashews provide 17g plant protein per 100g – or 5.1g in a 30g handful. This places them in the top three tree nuts for their protein content (behind almonds and pistachios).
- Around 62% of the fat in cashew nuts is monounsaturated fat, important for heart health.
- Among tree nuts, cashews are a top source of niacin, second only to almonds. Niacin (also known as vitamin B3) is needed to release energy from food. It also helps maintain skin health and supports the nervous and digestive systems.
- Cashews also contain copper and magnesium, which have many roles in the body – including for nerve function, bone growth and glucose metabolism. Magnesium also supports immune function.
- Cashews have a low glycaemic index (GI) of 25. A low GI dietary pattern can help to manage blood glucose and insulin levels, and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Cashews are naturally low in sugar and sodium.
4. Murray River Salt
- Australian made Murray River Salt is high in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iodine.
5. Sunflower Lecithin
- Sunflower lecithin liquid is made using the gum of dehydrated sunflower seeds and is cold-pressed like olive oil, so it can be extracted without the use of chemicals like hexane.
- Sunflower lecithin is an allergen-free alternative to egg and soy lecithin. It is naturally rich in phosphatidylcholine and essential fatty acids, and is a natural fat emulsifier.
6. Macadamia Oil
- We chose to use macadamia oil as an ingredient for our m*lk base because let's be real - seed oils are sh*it - straight up facts. Using Macadamia Nut oil assists with the smooth consistency, it helps emulsify the m*lk when blended and gives a nice flavour too!