Macadamia nuts are not good for weight loss
Nuts are known to be one of the most common ‘diet’ food. It is present in protein bars and green leafy salads to make it a little heavier. It’s not a surprise since nuts are full of healthy fats and protein that will keep you feeling satisfied.
However, people who are trying to lose weight should assess their nut consumption carefully. As it turns out not all nuts are good for weight loss. Macadamia nuts are about 200 calories and 20 grams of fat for just 10 nuts. As opposed to Pistachios that are about 160 calories per ounce (about 50 kernels), and one ounce of almonds is about 160 calories for approximately 23 kernels.
A registered dietitian, Michelle Routhenstein, MS, CDE, owner of Entirely Nourished, explained in a POPSUGAR interview that including macadamia nuts in one’s diet could be counterproductive especially if one is not keen on measuring serving size and simply grabbing a handful at a time.
“If you are trying to lose weight, I would avoid macadamia nuts because of their caloric density,” she said and recommends to stick to a once-ounce serving size.
Another dietitian and personal trainer Jim White, RD, ACSM, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, weighed in on this. He explained although nuts can generally be incorporated in a healthy diet if is portioned out correctly. He agreed that macadamia nuts can be the trickiest since they have the most calories and only two grams of protein per nut.
Not to say that Macadamia nuts need to be avoided at all cost. It can still be part of a weight loss plan as long as the serving size is properly measured.