Macadamia Nut Oil: An Alternative to Olive Oil

Q: I know olive oil is good for me. But I just can't get over the taste. Are there any other oils that are just as good for me?

Dr. Wright: What makes olive oil such an appealing choice for many people is that it doesn't oxidize as easily as other cooking oils when subjected to heat. It also has a high antioxidant content, which helps fight free radical damage in the body. But there is another oil that actually beats olive oil in both categories: macadamia nut oil.

Macadamia nut oil can withstand significantly more heat than nearly any other cooking oil before it starts to burn and smoke. It also has significantly more antioxidant content than most other cooking oils: It contains approximately 450 parts per million vitamin E. Olive oil has approximately 100 parts per million vitamin E.

Perhaps the biggest drawback to macadamia nut oil is that it can be rather difficult to find. But now that many supermarkets are carrying more natural foods, you may be able to find it there. If not, check your local natural food store. If they don't have it either, there are numerous Internet sources to choose from. Just enter "macadamia nut oil" into a search engine and you'll turn up dozens of retailers who will ship their products to you directly.

Macadamia nut oil can be somewhat expensive -- typically $9.50 for 8.5 ounces, and $16.50 for 16.9 ounces, although these prices are approximately the same as a high-quality olive oil.

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Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.

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Anonymous's picture


If you use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, you won't find any problem with the taste, I'm sure.

Anonymous's picture


I use Macedamia oil in baking and it is amazingly light and also has the nutty taste.

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