TIGER nuts are becoming increasingly popular, due to now being dubbed a superfood, but what are they and what are the health benefits to eating them?
Here’s the lowdown on the snack – and where you can get hold of them.
What are tiger nuts?
Despite their name, tiger nuts don’t actually come from the nut (or tiger) family, which mean people with nut allergies can also enjoy them.
They’re actually tubers about the side of chickpeas on small root vegetables, with a sweet and nutty taste.
Tiger nuts can grow all around the round, and are even seen as weeds in some places because they’re so good at surving, and have been around for thousands of years.
What are the health benefits of tiger nuts?
Tiger nuts are marketed as a super food due to their rich fibre, iron, potassium, and magnesium content.
They can also be softened in water and made into a milk for those avoiding dairy.
For those trying to lose weight, tiger nuts can also act a mild appetite suppressant, as they contain starch which resists digestion, keeping you full for longer.
One serving (around 30 grams) contains around 120 calories, 2 grams of protein, 10 grams of fibre, and 7 grams of fat.
They can also be made into an oil for cooking, or even used on the skin, as their vitamin E content can help prevent ageing.
Where can you buy tiger nuts?
They’re quite tricky to get hold of in most supermarkets, but they are available online.
If you’re wanting to try tiger nut milk (it’s described as sweet and nutty), Waitrose sells the Rude Health tiger nut drink.
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