Go Nuts for Tigernuts! Why is Everyone Going Nuts for Tigernuts?
Quite simply put, Tigernuts are one of Nature’s superfoods. They are packed full of fibre, nutrients & vitamins. They are believed to contain ingredients that help prevent heart attacks & thrombosis, and improve blood circulation. Recent studies have shown they can help reduce the risk of suffering colon cancer. They have a high energy content making them a great all round snack when you need that extra boost – and they help prevent you from snacking on the crisps, sweets and chocolates. Tigernuts are natures’ sweets.
What Are Tigernuts?
All this talk of nuts and actually the truth is they are not really nuts. They are actually a vegetable – a type of starchy tuber, also known as chufa. The tuber is dark brown in colour with a rough skin.
The history of the Tigernut goes back about 4,000 years to Ancient Egypt. The Arabs brought them to Spain in the eighth century, considering it to have a delicate flavour, to make a drink they called chufa milk which was the base for today’s horchata de chufas. It was in the 13th century that the crop spread to the Mediterranean area within today’s Valencian Community, which is where these nuts are processed and packaged.
Tigernuts contain 36% fibre which is what helps make them a great snack. The fibre content helps keep your digestive system healthy and in good working order and free of the nasties: Diarrhoea, Constipation and Bloating. They have more fibre than bran & oats! They can also aid with weight loss by keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
Tigernut allergies are probably one of the rarest food allergies ever. Since they are a tuber, Tigernuts are completely soy, dairy, grain, nut, seed (etc, etc.) free.
Resistant Starch – Tigernuts are the highest whole food source of a unique type of fibre called resistant starch. Besides the pleasant flavour and texture, the resistant starch content is why so many people eat Tigernuts on a regular basis. Resistant starch is a highly beneficial pre-biotic, which means it feeds the good bacteria in your digestive tract. Resistant starch has been a hot topic lately in the health world as more and more research shows the unique benefits of this plant fibre. For example, research indicates that resistant starch could be a powerful component in preventing and/or addressing diabetes and obesity.
Tigernuts contain Vitamins C & E
Vitamin E aids in the formation and functioning of the red blood cells, muscles and other tissues. It is thought to have a preventive effect against cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It encourages the absorption of iron. It also helps maintain vitamin E levels and is very important for the immune system.
Tigernuts can help regulate blood sugar levels, they are great for people with diabetes because they contain insoluble fibre which unlike other carbohydrates does not create peaks and troughs in the blood sugar levels.
They contain Magnesium, Potassium & Phosphorus. The benefits of these 3 important minerals are:
Magnesium is needed by the body to aid with muscle and nerve functioning and also correct functioning of the immune system.
Potassium aids with relief from strokes, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress. It also helps to enhance muscle strength, aid with water balance in the body and assists with the healthy functioning of the nervous system.
Phosphorus is of paramount importance in bone formation and for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth.
Furthermore, Tigernuts are:
A rich source of protein which is used as a building block for muscle, skin and bone.
They are high in amino acids particularly Arginine which is proven to help lower blood pressure.
Tigernuts are the highest known food source of a unique type of fibre known as resistant starch. This starch is a pre biotic which feeds the good bacteria in your digestive tract.
Allergen free – no soy, dairy, grain,nuts(despite the name) or seeds.
They contain ‘heart’ healthy fats similar to olive oil.
They are suitable for people with diabetes.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
Ideal for the elderly, children and sports people.
If you have read all this and truly understood the health benefits of these nuts then you know you really need to get your hands on some.
What do Tigernuts taste like?
They taste sweet! You can taste taste a slightly nutty, earthy, vanilla flavour.
How to Use Tigernuts
There are loads of ways to use this excellent product.
First of all, Tigernuts are dried for shelf-stable storage. As a result, they must be rehydrated in water prior to eating or using in a recipe.
Start by soaking about one ounce (a very small handful) of nuts in a small bowl of filtered water for at least 12 hours. It looks like a very small quantity but they expand once soaked. Additionally, a huge amount of nutrition is crammed into every nut. Some people prefer to soak the nuts for up to 48 hours. Experiment and find the soaking time that you prefer.
We have Tigernuts for everyone. Peeled, skinned natural – even flour! You must check out these products to see how they can benefit you.
Delicious in smoothies too. Makes them so creamy.
Tip – for snacks, buy the peeled ones.
How to order:
Go to my shop http://kholistic.wikaniko.com and search for ´tiger’ to see the full range. You will be glad you checked these out.
By the way – you must try the traditional horchata (chufa) drink. It’s delicious!
Horchata the Spanish Way Recipe
Some premium peeled or skinned Tigernuts (about 2 – 3 ounces)
12 ounces water
3 teaspoons sugar (optional) Cinnamon stick
Soak Tigernuts in water for 24 hours.
Strain and grind the nuts in a blender or food processor to a soft paste, adding water if needed.
Add water and cinnamon stick.
Refrigerate for two hours.
Add sugar if desired and stir until dissolved.
Remove the cinnamon stick and pour through a fine mesh strainer, then a fine cloth filter until the liquid has no large particles.
Due to the high potassium & iron levels in tiger nuts plus it being a high source of protein – this makes a great sports drink too!
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