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Along with a delicious flavor and allergen free stamp of approval, tigernuts, a starchy tuber, come with a stellar health profile. Tigernuts were consumed in large amounts by our ancestors, and as such have earned their place as an ancient superfood. Some of the incredible health benefits of tigernuts include prebiotic resistant starch, fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
When I first discovered tigernuts, I thought they were too good to be true. Grain free, nut free, and no coconuts in sight! They are the perfect food for someone suffering from food allergies, but their benefits go far beyond. Aside from being an incredible source of fiber, tigernuts pack a nutritional punch with their mineral content as well as vitamins and of course their ever so coveted prebiotic starch!
Tigernuts are very high in resistant starch, a prebiotic, which remains in the gut and goes on to feed the good bacteria, or probiotics, in your colon. A diet higher in resistant starch is essential to maintain good gut health and feed the good bacteria.
Tigernuts are packed with fiber, so much that you may want to slowly introduce them into your diet as to not shock your system. An ounce of tigernuts has 40% of the daily recommend fiber. Fiber is important to keep your heart healthy, support your digestion, and stay well overall.
Iron, Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamins
Tigernuts are a rich source of iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamins E and C, and the milk is a wonderful substitute for cow’s milk or other vegan milks.
Magnesium, Manganese, and Protein
Tigernuts also contain magnesium, manganese, and protein, which rounds them out as an incredible superfood.
Tigernuts definitely have their place in any paleo, vegan, autoimmune protocol, Whole30, or just general healthy diet!