What tastes like a nut, looks like a tiger but is neither of those things? You guessed it! Antioxidant-rich, antibacterial tiger nuts.
Tiger nuts have been known by many names, including yellow nutsedge, chufa and nut grass. In fact, they’re not part of the nut family and are completely safe for people with any sort of nut allergies. “Tiger nut” actually refers to the tuber of its larger plant, Cyperus esculentus, which is cultivated widely in Spain but considered a weed in many other countries.
One popular use of tiger nuts is the creation of a sweet, milk-like beverage known as “horchata de chufa,” which is especially popular in Spain.
It’s not just a tasty snack or drink ingredient, though. Tiger nuts are also a high-antioxidant food and may help prevent heart disease, making it a handy addition to your pantry.
The list of superfoods continues to grow as researchers explore the amazing nutritional profiles of foods that were once overlooked. Many of these foods have been used for centuries by indigenous people practicing traditional medicine, but modern science is placing them under the microscope to determine the mechanisms behind their health benefits. Tiger nuts are the next big superfood, packing a powerful nutritional punch in a small package.
Tiger nuts are also known as chufa nuts or earth almonds. They are small root vegetables (also called tubers). The presence of stripes on their exteriors gives them the name tiger nuts.
Tiger nuts have been cultivated for centuries. While the Egyptians and Nigerians appear to have used them first, the Spanish have been using tiger nuts to make horchata (a creamy drink) since the 18th century.
They’re rich in a variety of nutrients and have been linked to several health benefits — ranging from better digestion to a reduced risk of heart disease.
For all these reasons and more we want to share some characteristics of the tiger nuts that make them ideal in diets designed to live a healthy life.
1. Tiger nut milk is a substitute for cow milk
Apart from the traditional cow or sheep milk (the most consumed), in recent years plant milks are increasing their popularity in comparison to traditional milk. The tiger nut milk is seen as the best substitute for cow or sheep milk, because of its non – animal origin and 100% healthy fats.
2. May Improve Digestion
Tiger nuts may promote a healthy digestion in various ways.
For starters, they are high in insoluble fiber, which passes through your gut without being digested. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stools and helps food move through your gut easily, reducing the likelihood of constipation.
Tiger nuts are also presumed to contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, helping your digestion run smoothly.
3. May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
Tiger nuts may help keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Animal studies show that tiger nut extract may help reduce blood sugar levels. This may, in large part, be due to the high fiber content of the tubers which may slow down the absorption of sugar in the gut.
Tiger nuts are also rich in the amino acid arginine, which may increase insulin production and sensitivity, both of which are important for blood sugar control.
4. May Aid in weight loss
A serving of tiger nuts contains about 10 grams of fiber. The fiber helps promote weight loss in a sense that, it makes you feel full for longer and promotes satiety – thereby cutting down cravings.
Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, the compound that helps to deliver oxygen to your cells. Tiger nuts are an excellent source of iron, which is important because many people have a mild iron deficiency
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