The list of superfoods continues to grow as more researchers learn of the many benefits of certain items and their nutrition. The latest addition to the superfood family is tiger nuts.
Originating from Southern Europe and naturalizing in Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, Tiger nuts have been around for so long they were a critical component of the embalming process for Egyptian pharaohs.
When it comes to tiger nuts, they can be eaten fresh, semi-dried, or even fully dried. Additionally, tiger nut milk and tiger nut oil are often sold as forms of the nuts. With the many forms that tiger nuts can turn into, there are equally just as many nutritional benefits to consuming them.
If you’re someone who needs an energy boost throughout the day, tiger nuts are the way to go. Like all nuts, tiger nuts have high energy content. Per unit volume, they contain an extraordinarily high amount of healthy fats and protein to support your body. As a protein-rich food, tiger nuts are a great way to stave off hunger and stabilize blood sugar.
Tiger nuts aren’t just good for energy, but each 100 gram serving of tiger nuts gives your body 13 to 17% of its recommended daily dose of magnesium. This is what your body needs to produce energy, replicate DNA, produce new proteins, and signal between cells. Importantly, failure to get enough dietary magnesium is associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.