Apart from tasting so darn delicious, Tigernuts have numerous health benefits that far outweigh those of many other superfoods. Here are five stellar reasons to incorporate them into your everyday diet:
They fill you up and help with weight loss
Tigernuts are full of the fibre-rich good stuff, meaning a handful or two will keep you full enough for hours so you’re less likely to take in more calories afterwards.
Yup, these nifty root vegetables contain resistant starch which is also a prebiotic and helps our bodies to naturally develop probiotic (friendly) bacteria, ensuring a strong immune system.
They lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels
The resistant starch aids digestive health, improves insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Winning.
They’re high in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants
In particular, Tigernuts contain plenty of fibre, vitamins C & E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium (as much as coconut water!) and good fats.
They’re food allergen friendly
Did you know Tigernuts are actually nut-free, despite the name? Cheeky. They’re in fact tuber root vegetables and are also gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO and sugar-free, meaning those with food allergies and sensitive stomachs can reap the high nutritional benefits all day, everyday. In short – they’re FODMAP friendly!
Other facts about Tigernuts
- Potatoes and sweet potatoes are the beloved relatives of Tigernuts.
- These little bad boys grow underground.
- A recent study by Oxford University found that Tigernuts made up our caveman ancestor’s diets between 2.4 and 1.4 million years ago (gasp).
- They’re one of the world’s oldest sources of nutrition.
- They taste like a mix between a coconut and a pistachio.
- Best eaten when activated, all you gotta do is dunk them in cold water overnight and voila! Enjoy the deliciousness as a snack or in meals and baked goods.
Founded by two childhood friends - Tim and James- Health and Harvest is a community aimed at educating Australians on the nutritional benefits of the Tigernut with the end goal of improving people’s health and wellbeing.