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Are Tiger Nuts Good For You?

by Fabian Jackson

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Wondering if your new favourite snack is a healthy one? Keep reading to learn all about the health benefits of tiger nuts and how to incorporate them into your diet.

What are tiger nuts? 

Tiger nuts, or chufa, are the underground thick and tuberous part of the Cyperus esculentus plant: An ancient plant that can be traced back around 18 thousand years to ancient Egypt. You might have guessed it, but they’re actually not a nut at all which means they can generally be enjoyed by people with nut allergies.   

a bowl of tiger nuts

Are tiger nuts good for you? 

Yes, tiger nuts are not only rich in nutrients and considered an ancient food, but their history sees traditional uses in medicine too. They contain a great amount of essential dietary fibre as well as boating a strong and complex content of minerals and vitamins.

Benefits of tiger nuts

There are a few main health benefits of adding tiger nuts to your diet that include better digestion health, reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels and a boosted immune system. 

nut butter

How to eat more tiger nuts

Tiger nuts can serve as a great snack either raw or roasted, can be chopped up and added to stir-fries and salads or blended into tiger nut butter and used to top toast, porridge or even smoothies. 

Keep your plant-based questions coming our way via the comments section below. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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