Friday, December 14, 2018

Food Fact Friday: Tigernuts!

Here’s yet another “nut” that’s not actually a nut! Nuts! 

These guys are actually tubers! That’s right! Tubers as in sweet potatoes and cassava.

Tubers are great sources of resistant starch. This type of starch is just what it sounds like: resistant to digestion. Resistant starches are not fully digested, passing through most of the small intestine, and then getting consumed by our microbiota in the large intestine. (Food that our healthy gut microbiome “consumes” is referred to a PRE-biotic).

Tigernuts are really funny looking. You can buy them whole, sliced up or ground up into flour. I have used them in the sliced up form on top of salads and oatmeal, although they are definitely “chewier” than an actual nut.

Some Fun Facts:

• They have a cute Spanish name: Chufa
• Horchata is a traditional Spanish drink made from these nuts
• Tigernuts have been used as an aphrodisiac! (Although no human clinical studies have been done yet – any takers?)
• People with nut allergies can eat these
• Tigernuts can be made into milk also (similar to almonds and cashews)

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