Despite its name, the tiger nut is actually a tuber, not a nut. A tuber is a portion of a plant's stem that usually sits beneath the surface of the soil. Tiger nuts are actual tubers which are a sort of root vegetable, as in Nigeria they are popularly regarded as "Hausa Groundnut". Tiger nuts are very nutritious and are not likely to cause any allergies, they are also sources of sugar, dietary fibers, carbohydrates, protein , potassium, zinc, magnesium and calcium as it also has high content of Vitamin E and C.
Although they have a nutty taste, tiger nuts have more carbohydrates and less protein than most actual nuts. Also, they are not a low-sugar or low-fat food. People who are watching their carb, sugar, or fat intake should be mindful of the fact that tiger nuts contain a fair amount of all three.
Health Benefits of Tiger nuts
Tiger nuts have been used in traditional medicine for years, but their health benefits have gone largely unstudied by scientists. As tiger nuts are studied more, it's likely more health benefits will be uncovered due to tiger nuts' vitamin and mineral content.
Initial studies have shown the antibacterial qualities that tiger nut extracts posses. These extracts are particularly effective against E. coli, S. aureus, and Salmonella bacteria culture in a petri dish environment. The study was not a human trial, however. Further research is required to determine whether eating tiger nuts provides any protection against those particular bacteria.
Maintenance of Allergies
Tiger nuts assists people better manage their allergic conditions as it reduces sensitivity of the body, this works as it replaces food items that contain common allergens. For example, tiger nut flour is a gluten-free alternative to flours containing wheat. Tiger nut milk is an alternative to cow's milk, which contains lactose.
Tiger nuts are a good source of fiber. Dietary fiber has been shown to improve digestion by increasing the frequency of stools and relieving constipation.
Some people claim that tiger nuts positively affect the male sex drive. However, this has yet to be proven scientifically, so this claim is speculative at best. Rat studies have determined that ingesting tiger nuts increases male sexual behavior and decreases sperm abnormalities in rats.
Tiger nuts have a history of being used to boost libido. They’re used as aphrodisiacs in Ayurvedic medicine. In addition, men in Nigeria have used tiger nuts for generations to treat erectile dysfunction, increase sperm count and boost libido.
That said, few studies showed that tiger nuts helped preserve testicular weight and sperm production following heavy metal poisoning as it increased testosterone levels and boosted sexual activity using rats as in experiments, further researches are needed to confirm its reproductive abilities in humans.
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