When they are in season, chances are that you will see a tiger nut seller at every other bus stop or in traffic. What you might not know is that this tasty treat has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to cure various small ailments and as a natural testosterone supplement in men.
In case you have some doubts, here are some of the nutritional benefits that come with tiger nut consumption.
1. High Fibre Content
Tiger nuts have an unusually high fibre content ranking higher than popular sources of fibre like carrots, cabbages and oranges. Fibre helps to keep the bowels healthy and maintain bowel movement. They also help reduce cholesterol levels and help with blood sugar control. This is particularly beneficial to diabetics.
2. High Iron Content
Tiger nuts also contain a high level of iron. They contain much more iron than cow’s milk or red meat and can be a healthier and safer substitute for these foods. Irons are very vital in the production of red blood cells and tiger can ensure that you have no problems with this.
3. Magnesium and Potassium Sources
Magnesium and Potassium are necessary components of our everyday lives. They help relieve pain, aid digestion, give strength, increase muscle strength and aid metabolism among other things. You can get all of these benefits just by constant consumption of tiger nuts.
4. Vitamin E
Tiger nuts also contain a substantial amount of Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect the body against free radicals which are toxic to it.
The best thing about tiger nuts is that they are sweet. Most times, healthy eating is associated with bitter foods but with tiger nuts, you get to win both ways.
Source: The Guardian