Q: How does
A: If you have ever tasted the wonderful
buttery flavor of the macadamia nut, MacNut Oil tastes
the same. I think it is delicious and the celebrity
chefs who have tasted it agree.
Q: Does MacNut Oil need to be refrigerated?
A: Because of the high levels of
anti-oxidants that are found naturally in MacNut
Oil, it has a shelf life, from time of bottling, of
at least 2 years without refrigeration. It does not
require refrigeration, but you may if you like. The
fact of the matter is, it is so yummy it won't stay
on your shelf for long.
I thought macadamia nuts were from Hawaii.
A: You have a lot of company in that
misconception. The nuts are native to Australia and
were not cultivated in Hawaii until relatively recently.
Read the interesting history of the nut in our MacNut
Q: Aren't all
macadamia oils the same? I heard about MacNut Oil
from a radio show and bought another brand. Unlike
the pictures on this site, it was pale yellow. Also
it didn't taste very good and did not have the nutty
aroma you describe. What's up with that?
A: Other brands we have tried are
not even close. MacNut Oil is by far the most wonderful
macadamia nut oil on the market and it is not just
us saying that. Famous chefs agree. One look, one
taste, will convince you and you will be hooked on
MacNut Oil for life. We use a special technique to
crush and filter the nuts. The oil never gets heated
nor do the machines that press the oil. This preserves
the color, flavor, aroma and the high levels of anti-oxidants
which give MacNut Oil its a long shelf life.
Q: What is the smoke point of MacNut Oil
and aren't there oils with higher numbers?
A: The smoke point of MacNut Oil
is 410°F. This high number allows you the flexibility
to use MacNut Oil at higher temperatures than most
oils. While some coconut oils do have a higher smoke
point (450°F), it is also very high in saturated fats
(91%) - which may be dangerous to your heart. Peanut
oil, is about the same, (450°F); and is very high
in the pro-inflammatory type of omega-6 fatty acids
(33%) as is the case with grape seed oil - 400°F smoke
point but 72% of the dangerous omega-6 fatty acids.
Smoke point isn't the whole story either. Some oils
form free radicals and trans fats before they smoke.
Q: If macadamia nuts are so fattening,
won't the oil be too?
A: Actually no. In fact, all fats
and oils have the same number of calories per tablespoon
- around 120. The reason people think macadamia nuts
are fattening is because they have a relatively high
fat content. However, the fats are monounsaturated
fats, which are a very healthful fat to have in your
diet. And, it is too long a discussion for here, but
the body actually burns body fat more efficiently
if there is fat in the diet.
Q: Is the oil
high in cholesterol?
A: All vegetable oils have no cholesterol.
What's more, in many scientific studies, healthful
oils, such as the monounsaturated ones found in MacNut
oil have been shown to actually improve blood cholesterol
Q: Isn't fat
bad for people with heart disease?
A: Certain fats such as hydrogenated
fats and some saturated fats have been shown to be
a problem, but not the monounsaturated fats found
in MacNut Oil. MacNut Oil is 85% monounsaturated
fatty acids. A review of the clinical studies shows
that a diet high in monounsaturated fats, like the
Mediterranean diet, has many health benefits. Please
see some of the exciting research about monounsaturated
fats in our MacNut Oil Attributes section. In fact,
the Australian Heart Association has given a heart-healthy
seal of approval to MacNut Oil.
Q: Everyone tells me that olive oil
is the healthiest oil to use. Is that not
true any more?
A: Well, it never really was true,
but olive oil was the best we had. Olive oil is far
superior to most every other oil out there except
MacNut Oil. While olive oil is considered heart-healthy
because of its 70% monounsaturated fat content, MacNut
Oil has up to 85% monounsaturated fat, making it even
healthier. The main problem with olive oil has always
been its instability. Olive oil deteriorates at room
temperature and burns, depending on age and quality,
at 350ºF or below, which is lower than the temperatures
used in baking and sautéing. MacNut Oil has a smoke
point of 410ºF - significant improvement.
Because olive oil is far less stable
than MacNut oil, olive oil needs to be refrigerated
and makes it harder to use. The overpowering flavor
of olive oil can be another issue for some people.
MacNut Oil because of its light, nutty and buttery
flavor makes it a far better choice for cooking omelets,
sautéing delicate flavors, stir-frying, and even baking.
However, if you want to use olive oil cold, e.g. in
salad dressings or to add after cooking to your favorite
Italian recipes, that's okay. I would highly recommend
you make the switch to MacNut Oil for any other cooking
is MacNut Oil better than Canola?
glad you asked. Well, for one thing MacNut oil certainly
tastes better. But more importantly, the fatty acid
profile is much more healthful. The amount of beneficial
monounsaturated fats in canola averages around 60%
- a far cry from the 85% in MacNut Oil. In addition,
canola oil has 23% of the type of omega-6 fatty acids
that can lead to inflammatory conditions such as heart
disease and arthritis. MacNut Oil on average has
just 3% omega 6 fats and they are balanced in an ideal
(1:1) ratio with the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty
Another reason is that canola oil turns rancid (develops
free radicals) quite quickly when heated. So, although
canola oil has a smoke point of 400ºF it begins to
degrade chemically at much lower temperatures. It
also develops trans-fatty acids at a lower heat. In
fact, canola oil can sometimes start out with up to
4% trans-fatty acids just because of the way it is
processed. Please remember that these trans fats (e.g.
in margarine and shortening) are the unhealthiest
fats in our diets. In multiple studies, canola oil
has been shown to lead to fibrotic lesions of the
heart, vitamin E deficiencies, and it seems to retard
growth. Probably for that reason, the FDA forbids
the use of canola oil in infant formulas. Oh, and
the "Super Canola" oil (a genetically-engineered mystery
substance) has a higher smoke point, but otherwise
the same problems as the regular canola.
does MacNut Oil compare with Flaxseed oil?
is difficult to compare, because as you probably know,
Flaxseed oil is not a cooking oil since it is so fragile
that it should never be heated. However, Flaxseed
oil is a good source of the helpful Omega 3 fatty
acids. If you care enough about your health to use
flaxseed oil as a dietary supplement, you will definitely
want to use MacNut Oil in the kitchen.
have heard people mention Grapeseed oil. What is the
anyone you know who is interested in grapeseed oil
that they have probably only gotten part of the story.
Perhaps you should tell them about MacNut Oil and
this web site. As mentioned above under smoke point,
grapeseed oil has is very high in omega-6 fatty acids.
We already get too much omega-6 fatty acids in our
diets - perhaps 20 times as much as our ancestors
did. Using grapeseed oil will only increase that toxic
burden. Also, grapeseed oil has only about 20% monounsaturated
fats, the ones that give the Mediterranean diet its
I use MacNut Oil as a supplement?
I can't say that you should, I can tell you that I
recommend 1 tablespoon each day directly out of the
bottle to my patients who have obesity, diabetes,
heart disease of any kind and even those prone to
heart disease or who have a family history of it.
Q: Can I use MacNut Oil cold?
bet! MacNut Oil makes terrific salad dressings and
mayonnaises. Keep coming back to our site for new
recipes and so that you don't miss the launch of our
other products. Right now you can go to the recipe
section for instructions for a terrific salad dressing
created by one of New York's top chefs.
Q: Can I just substitute MacNut Oil
for any other oil in my favorite recipes?
problem. In fact, it will be fun for you to watch
tired old recipes come to life with a new burst of
flavor when you switch to MacNut Oil. In the meantime,
please check out some of the exciting new recipes
on our recipe section developed by top chef, Tom Valenti.
am seriously allergic to peanuts. Is there any risk
that the MacNut Oil can be contaminated with peanuts?
not. The only nut that is processed in the MacNut
Oil facility is the macadamia nut, so there is no
risk of cross-contamination with any other material.
am under the impression that macadamia nuts are expensive,
does that mean the oil is too?
is not. MacNut Oil is priced competitively with a
medium grade olive oil. The reason for the value is
that we use only 100% Australian macadamia nuts -
the primary source of macadamia nuts. Because of this,
we are able to bring in a superior grade of oil at
a lower price than the competition. See for yourself
in our online store.
can I get my local store to carry it?
MacNut Oil is new to the U.S., your local store may
not yet carry it. We'll give you some help in convincing
them, but first a word of warning. PLEASE don't let
the store order another brand of macadamia nut oil.
We have tried all the ones we could find on shelves
in the U.S. and the others truly pale in comparison.
(Pun intended. See Ouestion # 4 above.) On the "Where
to Buy" page of this web site you can print out
a store ordering information sheet. Please take it
to your store and let them know of your interest in
MacNut Oil. If you prefer, please e-mail us with
your local store's contact info and we will be happy
to talk with them. It will help if we can give them
your name, but that is not required.