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Tigernuts a real superfood

9 January 2017, Monday

Dried Tigernuts are not the most attractive looking ingredient! but they are packed with nutrition. Having become popular again, they were named in 2106 as the new superfood.

Not everything in the past was wrong!

Tiger nuts were a popular treat for children during the 1950s and 1960s , they used to be sold along sweets for children because the have a lovely sweet taste and chewy texture.

Tiger nuts are not actually a nut despite their name , they are the tubers of a plant called yellow nutsedge.

Tiger nuts also called aya (Hausa), ofio (Yoruba) or chufas (Spanish) are a highly nutritious plant food with a high energy content (starch, fats, sugars and proteins). These small, round tubers (either fresh or dried) are rich in minerals such as phosphorous, potassium and vitamins E and C.

Health benefits

Tiger nuts are very healthy as they help to prevent heart attacks, thrombosis and activate blood circulation.
Due to the high contents of soluble glucose, they prevent cancer and lately some studies have discovered that they reduce the risk of suffering colon cancer.
The very high fibre content combined with a delicious taste, make them ideal for healthy eating.

High fibre content
The tiger nut has a higher fibre content than the oat bran, the cabbage, the carrot, plums and the Chia seeds. The fibre helps the organism to prevent constipation and acts as an appetite suppressant, which helps us to control our body weight.

One of the best natural magnesium sources available
This mineral stays active in the body and participates in more than 300 biochemical reactions of our body.

Helps to control blood pressure

It’s high content of amino acid arginine helps the body make nitric oxide which keeps our blood vessels dilated and have a normal blood flow.
Can help to prevent cancer and heart diseases
The tiger nuts is a source of Vitamin E that protects us from the creation of harmful free radicals which are responsible for the death of the body cells. This fact, combined with a high content of oleic acid, has demonstrated that it reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Gives your body more potassium than a banana
Eating 25 tiger nuts gives the body 139 mg. of potassium, being this the same level as a potato or an avocado and exceeding the potassium levels of a banana. This mineral helps the cells and organs to work correctly. It also regulates the muscle contractions, which helps your digestion.
Source of non-animal protein
The proteins are fundamental for the human body. Different studies have demonstrated that the Chufas have a content of proteins which is 8% higher than wholemeal wheat.

Helps to control diabetes
The high non soluble fibre contents of the tiger nuts help the diabetics to regulate their sugar levels in the blood. Recent studies have demonstrated that the fibre doesn’t elevate the sugar levels in the blood as the carbohydrates.

Beautify yourself !
Tiger nut oil is used in the cosmetic industry. As an anti-oxidant (because of its high content in vitamin E) it helps slow down the ageing of the body cells. It favours the elasticity of the skin and reduces skin wrinkles.

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