Come again? Tigernuts? It’s not what you think. In fact its not even a nut, but small root vegetables (tuber). Slightly sweet, slightly chewy with a mild nutty, earthy, vanilla flavour Tigernuts are literally the original Paleo snack – humans have been eating them for over two million years according to an Oxford University study.
A relative of the sweet potato, Tigernuts originate from Northern Africa. They were eaten by paleo man, the ancient Egyptians, the Persian and the Valencians. They have also been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
So are they really the stuff dieters’ dreams are made of? Let’s break down the nutrition in these bad boys.
According to Gina Consalvo, RD, registered dietician. Tiger nuts are super high in resistant starch (RS) fibre, which has been getting a lot of a lot of buzz for its weight-loss benefits.
RS passes through the stomach and small intestine without being digested, and may assist you in weight loss by reducing blood sugar spikes and keeping you fuller longer than other foods with the same number of calories, she says.
RS also benefits your gut by acting as a prebiotic, which is basically the food that that your good bacteria eats to survive.
One ounce, or about 50 chickpea-sized pieces of plain, raw tiger nuts, contains just 120 calories, 10 g of fibre (about 40% of your daily value), 9 g of naturally occurring sugars, tons of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and iron, and 7 g of fat, most of which is oleic acid, the good fats found in olive oil and avocado.
These super snacks have been praised for their nutritional properties and are a ‘superfood’ to watch in 2016.
- Tigernut Flour has been included in the list of healthiest flour options in this recent article on ninemsn.com.au. Dietitian Themis Chryssidis stated:
Paleos are getting themselves into a flurry over tigernut flour, which is made from tigernuts, a potato-like root vegetable that apparently made up about 80 percent of the diet of our paleolithic ancestors in Africa and the Mediterranean.
- The Independent.co.uk named Tigernuts thhe ‘new ‘ almonds in health food circles.
- Harpers Bazaar Aus named Tigernuts “the latest super snack”
- Womens health named Tigernuts the newest afternoon delight and go to snack in 2016”
- Cleo Fitness named Tigernuts the new superfood to watch in 2016
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