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Tigernuts: The Tuber that Thinks It's Milk

 

Contrary to its name, the Tigernut is not really a nut but actually closer to a tuber. It goes under many names including chufa, nut grass, yellow nutsedge and earth almond, and is found in the wild as a weed in warm regions in the Northern Hemisphere.

One common preparation for them in Spain and other Latin American countries is "horchata," a sweet milky beverage commonly consumed during the summertime and one for which Tigernuts have been cultivated since the eighth century.  

As is often the case with foods that have been vouched for and used since antiquity, the Tigernut easily qualifies as a superfood.

In addition to delivering an ample supply of carbs that are low GI despite being pleasantly sweet, Tigernuts also have a fatty acid profile nearly identical to olive oil and a macronutrient ratio that is remarkably similar to human breast milk with a ratio of 39/55/6 for carbs/fats/protein. 

Aside from base nourishment, Tigernuts also provide a host of other benefits that make it a worthy addition to one's diet:

  • Shown to reduce colon cancer
  • Shown to help with insulin resistance and metabolic disorders
  • Source of prebiotics
  • Gluten free
  • No Nut Allergens

For even more on the Tigernut, visit the full article at Free the Animal.


  • Nathan Kan
  • DietFoodSuperfoodTigernut

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