Cyperus esculentus (also called chufa sedge, nut grass, yellow nutsedge, tiger nut sedge, or earth almond) is a crop of the sedge family.
The Tigernut is not actually a nut, but a small tuber. It offers those allergic to nuts an option for adding protein when baking and cooking.
Tigernuts have long been recognized for their health benefits, as they are high in fibre, proteins, and natural sugars.
The Tigernut is a tuber that has been used for centuries, the ancient Egyptians, one of the greatest civilizations of antiquity, used this food for its magnificent healing and regenerative properties. Evidence of how valuable Tigernuts were for the Egyptians is given by the fact that Tigernuts were found in some sarcophagi, where it is known that the Egyptians were buried with their most valuable possessions. Since those times, or even before, different civilizations have given the Tigernut a fundamental role in a balanced and healthy diet. According to a 2014 Oxford University study, Tigernuts were the primary food of our ancient ancestors between 1.4 million and 2.4 million years ago.
Tigernuts are high in fiber, iron, potassium, protein, magnesium, zinc and vitamins E and C. One ounce of these crunchy root vegetables contains 40 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake.
Tigernuts contain natural sugar, healthy fats and have a high level of resistant starch, which reaches the colon intact. Resistant starch promotes prebiotic growth and supports a healthy immune and digestive track. It can also lower blood glucose levels and improves insulin sensitivity.
Different studies have been conducted that guarantee the properties and intrinsic nutrients of this unique tuber, the benefits ranging from prevention of coronary heart disease (reduces bad cholesterol) to the regulation of intestinal function (for its high content of natural fibres).
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