For those of you who are relatively new to the tiger nut, first and foremost, I want to welcome you to this community. We're glad you're here!
Second, I want to talk about some of the health benefits and nutritional value of the tiger nut.
When I first encountered the tiger nut while abroad in Europe I was really surprised how something so delicious and of high nutritional value was nearly impossible, at that time, to get back in the states.
Despite what the name might suggest, it is not a kind of nut, but a small root vegetable.
Tiger nuts are also less commonly known as Earth Almonds, Chufa Nuts, Water Grass, or my personal favorite Tiger Tubers.
In Europe, a common use of tiger nuts is in the Spanish beverage known as Horchata de Chufa, which has a milk-like, sweet taste to it.
I am always hesitant to categorize something as a "super food" because I think the term is now overused and associated with fad diets, but in the case of the tiger nut the categorization is actually quite justified.
The tiger nut has a lot of weight loss benefits because of its resistance to starch properties.
Even though the tiger nut is not very calorie dense, it can keep you feeling full and energetic for a long time after you eat it.
Tiger nuts are also a great source of fibre for the human body, which helps in regulating your digestive and excretory system.
It even has more fibre than chia seeds or whole grains!
A major benefit is that your blood glucose levels are also maintained with its consumption. You're not going to see those sharp sugar spikes like you would while eating cheap empty carbs.
Tiger nuts act as a great source of Potassium and Magnesium. Potassium helps to maintain the blood pressure, and regulates the functions of the heart by keeping it healthy. Magnesium plays a role in balancing the biochemical interactions that happen within a human body
The tiger nut is very conducive and popular for people with alternative health or restrictive diets.
People who have adopted the vegan lifestyle can use the tiger nut as a substitute for dairy milk. It is rich in vitamin C and Vitamin E, which helps in maintaining the cholesterol of the body.
For those with nut allergies, despite the confusion of nut in the name, the tiger nut is not actually a nut and a great substitute to products that contain nuts.
The fact that the tiger nut is gluten free has been a true game changer for people with Celiacs. I personally here from our customers who have Celiacs, quite regularly, talking about what an amazing alternative the tiger nut has been for their diets.