“Macadamia nut milk is a great non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk for people who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or looking to explore dairy-free options,” Maya Feller, M.S., R.D., CDN says.
Compared to other nuts, macadamia are higher in fat. However, registered dietitian Maggie Moon, M.S., R.D. says those are mostly monounsaturated fats, which have been proven to reduce oxidative stress, insulin resistance, inflammation, and even signs of aging. Feller also says, consuming fat from tree nuts can decrease total cholesterol and increase HDL levels (aka good cholesterol).
Macadamia milk contains a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, thiamine, iron, B6, potassium, and manganese. “Store-bought macadamia nut milk may be fortified with vitamins and minerals to boost its nutritional profile,” Moon says, “but may also have added sugars and fillers.”
In its minimally processed form, macadamia milk can be a healthy alternative for people with lactose intolerance, dairy, or soy allergies. Just be on the lookout for those undesirable additives.