Originally from Eastern Australia, Macadamia Nuts are the little kernels inside a smooth, white shell. A popular snack, Macadamia nuts are high energy foods containing zero cholesterol. A good source of protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fibers, the nuts are very low in sodium and are best served raw from the shell, dry roasted or cooked in oil.
Popular uses of the nuts include enhancing flavor of desserts, especially cakes and salads and casseroles, though are not limited to which.
Despite so, Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs, where ingestion may result in macadamia nut toxicosis leading to hind limb paralysis. Symptoms typically range from muscle tremors, joint pain to severe abdominal pain. High doses of toxin may require opiate medication for symptom relief till toxic effects subside. Full recovery takes 24-48 hours.
last update by M 12/7/2012