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Tiger nuts aren’t really nuts; they are tubers that grow under the soil’s surface. Also known as yellow nutsedge, tiger nutsedge or earth almond, tiger nuts have been used for many centuries and remain extremely popular all over the western hemisphere. Archaeologists conclude that evidence hints at this food being used in the Paleolithic era.
Tiger Nuts are packed with high fibre content – around 33%, which is indeed a considerable amount.100g tiger nut flour contains around 60 g dietary fibre, especially the insoluble dietary fibre which is much higher than other popular fibre sources such as rice bran, oats, apple, cabbage, carrots, pears, Chia seeds and jack beans.
Milk derived from Tiger nut is a healthy option for those who cannot drink cow’s milk due to lactose intolerance. Tiger nut milk is free from lactose, and hence anyone can drink this milk, which is rich in calcium and supports bone building and growth in young children. This milk contains the highest nutrition and fat content among all the other non-milk substitutes.
Recent studies suggest that tiger nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C and E and potassium and phosphorus.
Recent studies have revealed that 100 g flour of tiger nuts contains between 13 to 17 percent of magnesium, which helps to promote normal nerve and muscle function, regulates sugar, maintains blood pressure levels to normalcy, and strengthen bones, process protein and keep you healthy.
Tiger nuts are also loaded with plentiful of amino acids of various types, especially Arginine. Arginine is helpful in providing solutions in conditions caused due to restricted blood vessels, including clogged arteries, chest pain, erectile dysfunction, heart disease or failure, artery diseases, muscle cramps, and headaches.
The Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Health Institute has stated that vitamin E acts as a catchall reference for different fat-soluble compounds that are rich in antioxidant qualities. Since tiger nuts are rich in vitamin E, all these qualities are present in tiger nut milk and tiger nut flour.
Potassium is essential to maintain proper regulation of muscle contraction, digestive functions and to control the blood pressure levels.
Tiger nuts are one of the richest sources of non-meat protein that supplies plentiful energy essential for carrying out heavy work all through the day.
The high insoluble dietary fibre present in tiger nut flour regulates blood sugar levels and helps the diabetic patients remain healthy.
Tiger nut doesn’t contain omega-6 fatty acids, whose high ratio with omega-3 fatty acids in other nuts might lead to inflammatory conditions
Tiger nut milk is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs. This makes it an excellent anti-diabetic agent, as MUFA diets boost glycemic tolerance.
Tiger nuts contain a fair amount of oleic acid. Oleic acid is a MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acid) that helps increase your body’s HDL cholesterol.
Traditionally, tiger nuts were used to treat stomach upsets, irritable bowels, and other digestive issues. They have been used in folk medicine as a remedy for many ailments, including flatulence and diarrhoea.
Tiger nut milk is a good source of probiotics (gut-healthy bacteria that aid digestion; usually found in curd).