Bet you’ve never heard of tiger nuts, have you?
Well, if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s time you do.
Tiger nuts are an amazingly healthy food that hails from West Africa. And though they do come with a whole slew of health benefits, vitamins and minerals, that’s not even the best part about them.
They can also help you lose weight.
Yep! It’s true. These little nuts (they’re actually small tubers) have numerous weight loss properties that can help you slim down, narrow that waistline and drop those pounds.
So if you’re trying to get fit in 2015 or prep your body for the upcoming bikini season, you might want to add tiger nuts to this week’s grocery list!
About Tiger Nuts
Though they are technically called a “nut,” tiger nuts are actually more similar to potatoes. They’re a tuber, and they grow primarily in the Western parts of Africa. They’ve had many names over the years, including the Zulu nut, aya, edible rush, chufa, the rush nut and the yellow grass nut, but now most people similar refer to them as just “tiger nut.”
Tiger nuts can be eaten either raw, dried or cooked, or they can even be pressed to make a juice. Tiger nuts also make for a great gluten-free flour alternative when ground up finely, and they boast a sweet, nutty flavor that’s great in all kinds of dishes.
People have been eating tiger nuts for centuries. In fact, there are stories of this unique tuber from all the way back in 4,000 BC, when it was first discovered in Egypt. It’s not as popular as it once was – even in its native land – but thanks to their amazing healthy benefits, they’re beginning to crop up in health food stores all across the country.
What Tiger Nuts Can Do for Your Waistline
Tiger nuts are extremely high in fiber, and that’s crucial if you’re looking to lose weight. Fiber takes your body a while to digest, so it leaves you feeling fuller longer. That means no hunger pangs or cravings just hours after you eat, and an easier time cutting calories on the whole.
Fiber also keeps your digestive system healthy, and it helps rid your body of toxins and waste. This is crucial when losing weight, and it can also ward off bloating and other unwanted side effects.
When pressed into a juice, tiger nuts create a sort of oil-like substance, often referred to as “tiger nut oil.” This oil is full of heart-healthy fats that can stave off heart disease and keep you healthy. They’re right in the same category with avocadoes and olive oil – both great, healthy ingredients you should always keep in your pantry.
On top of all this, tiger nuts are also known to help control diabetes. The insoluble fiber in them helps regulate your blood sugar levels, and that means your body can properly metabolize calories and fats, and it helps stave off cravings, too. That means more calories burned and less calories eaten – the perfect combination for losing weight.
Other Benefits of Tiger Nuts
In addition the helping you lose weight, tiger nuts can boost your health in other ways, too. They are believed to strengthen your liver, cure stomach pains, ease indigestion, promote fertility (in both men and women), regulate menstruation, protect against heart disease, heal gum sores and even act as an aphrodisiac.
They are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and protein, as well as a whole slew of other minerals and nutrients that your body needs, and they can control your blood pressure and cholesterol, too.
The best part, though? Tiger nuts are actually thought to protect you from cancer. They are full of antioxidants, which help ward off free radicals in your body, and this means a lower rate of dozens of different types of cancers over time.
How to Eat Tiger Nuts
There are dozens of ways to eat tiger nuts. Eat them raw, use tiger nut flour as a thickener or in baked goods, or try tiger nut milk as a substitute for regular cow’s milk. You can also dry the tiger nut, and grind it into a powder of spice, and you can juice it, using the oil-like substance to cook in or flavor your dishes.
You can generally find tiger nuts in the bulk food section of your local health food store. If not there, you may need to look online at specialty stores, as they’re not usually readily available in the United States.
Have you ever tried a tiger nut? If so, I encourage you to do it soon. They taste great, and the benefits just can’t be denied. When you do, make sure to let me know what you thought in the comments!
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