Why Macadamia Nuts?

If you’ve visited any Wellness Warehouse, Spar or Health Shop in Cape Town in the past few days looking for our almond milk, you may have noticed the little sticker shouting at you that we’ve added Macadamia Nuts to our almond milk. And perhaps you’ve wondered why on earth have we done this? Perhaps you’ve had a taste, and liked it. Or loved it. Or maybe not so much (hopefully not!). Perhaps you’ve avoided it because you’ve been unsure about this *new* ingredient and what it would taste like. Or perhaps you just don’t like Macadamia nuts.

Well, in this blog we’ll be giving you all the reasons why you SHOULD be loving macadamia nuts, and hopefully after reading further you’ll also be a convert.

Before we go ahead and talk about  Macadamia nuts, perhaps we should go back to the beginning where we started, and discuss why we specifically chose Almonds to make our milk. You see, when we started dabbling in dairy-free milk alternatives, we were kind of obsessed with almond milk. Working in the raw food industry and having visited the States where there is an abundance of almond milk products, it was all we wanted to experimented with. We were focused on creating a truly delicious almond milk that tasted SO MUCH BETTER than those long-life, Tetrapack brands out there that everyone was drinking. Once we created our yummy almond milk flavours, we were quite happy for a while until almost a year after our journey started, our founder decided to sit down and do some research.

Coming from a Nutrition-rich background, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition, and with the knowledge she gained from immersing herself in the health industry for quite a few years, she realised a few things:

  1. Almonds, although delicious, are packed full of phytic acid that prevents absorption of protein and other nutrients, especially minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium. So even though almonds are higher in calcium than say, macadamia nuts, the phytic acid may prevent much of its absorption. Now of course, soaking almonds to ‘activate’ them reduces the phytic acid content so activated almond milk (as ours is) is likely to have more bio-available calcium compared to raw, non-activated almonds.
  2. Almonds contain quite a lot of fibre, making the extraction of all their yummy nutrition (Protein, Fatty acids & Minerals) quite difficult. This means a LOT of almonds are needed to make a delicious-tasting dairy-free milk, compared to say Macadamia Nuts. *On a side note: much of the almond milk out there is not very high in almonds at all, and contain almond essence to give it that almond-y taste. Read the labels…
  3. Almonds do not grow in abundance here in South Africa as they do in California (where 90% of the world’s almonds originate!). And while we’re on a mission to support local farmers, we decided to look at what nuts are proudly South African, and found an abundance of Macadamia nuts in Limpopo! It was not long before we decided to experiment with this delicious nut…

When you think of Macadamia nuts, you’re probably thinking CREAMY! Well, yes they are. They are so creamy, it was a no-brainer for us to add them to our milk, seeing as our name is Almond Creamery. It was almost like it was meant to be!

The amazing thing about macadamia nuts is that is is higher in HEALTHY FAT compared to any other nut (yes, even Almonds). Macadamia’s balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are as close to perfection (1:2 ratio). In comparison, Almonds are approximately 1:1987. For more about the importance of omega-3 and omega-6 balance check out this easy-to-read article, or this more wordy scientific paper on the topic.

So in summary, our new blend of Nut Milks are HEALTHIER with an increased nutritional profile, CREAMIER with improved taste and texture, and SUPPORTS LOCAL FARMERS & the ECONOMY by using local, proudly South African ingredients.

So tell us, what’s not to love about that?

P.S. In our next blog we’ll be looking at our favourite coffee shops in and around Cape Town!

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