Have you heard the news?
Tiger nuts are the new “it” food.
It seems that we are always looking for new ways to restore or maintain our health. If it can be done quickly, cheaply and with minimal effort we are usually all in.
Could the tiger nut fit this bill?
Read on to determine for yourself.
Tiger nuts are not nuts but tubers. Tubers are the thickened underground part of a stem that store a plants nutrients. Examples of these foods include potatoes, yams, rutabaga, maca and jicama.
Interestingly, tiger nuts are not new at all. Historians have traced their discovery to as far back as millions of years ago. It is reported that these little nibbles made up 80% of our Paleolithic ancestors diet. Archeologists have found jars containing these tubers in the graves of pharaohs. Yum!
Originating in Africa, from the root of a wild grass, their popularity has grown exponentially, especially in Spain where Horchata is popular. Based with this tuber, Horchata is a milk-like, dairy-free beverage that may contain added spices or sweeteners.
Tiger nut products are available in nut form (peeled and unpeeled) as flour, oil, milk and granola.
Some of their health benefits include significant levels of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, fiber, vitamins E & C and protein. They are vegan, gluten-free and nut-free.
As a form of resistant starch, they supply the body with a prebiotic fiber that resists digestion (leaving you feeling fuller longer, YAY!), and fuels probiotic bacteria. You can read more about the benefits of resistant starch here – precisionnutrition.com/all-about-resistant-starch
With a bit of a tough exterior, the first few bites can be challenging but they quickly release an inner softness that is sweet and enjoyable. While many compare the taste to that of a macadamia nut, my brain registers the flavor of coconut.
Eat them right out of the bag or soak them for 4-12 hours for a softer treat. We prefer them as a snack right from the bag. The soaked version leaves a bit of an after taste that we do not enjoy.
While expensive at around $1.00 an ounce, a small handful usually satisfies a hankering for a snack. Purchases are available through select Whole Foods stores or Amazon.
For more information on this tuber and its many health benefits please visit bioline.org.
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