Although many people out there may not have heard about tigernuts, they have a long history through Africa, Europe, and Spain, and have gone by many names. Tigernuts have been known at one time or another as: zulu nut, aya, yellow grass nut, ground almond, and rush nut. Despite all of these referents, what might surprise people most is that this superfood is not a nut at all. It is a small root vegetable with a sweet, nutty, flavor.
They can be eaten raw, ground into flour, or squeezed to release healthy oils that are good for the heart. Even two million years ago, tigernuts were the ultimate superfood, comprising up to 80% of the Paleo diet. Today, this Paleo snack can truly be appreciated for all of the scientifically proven benefits — and, of course, its great taste!
Best of all, health benefits abound. Tigernuts are high in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins E and C. They are also nut-free, gluten-free, a resistant starch, and vegan.
High in Fiber
Studies show that tigernuts are higher in fiber than the commonly suggested foods such as oats, apples, and carrots. This is significant because a diet rich in fiber prevents constipation, and keeps you full for longer, thereby reducing the chance of overeating and increasing the chance of weight loss. Moreover, fiber has been proven to prevent colon cancer, coronary disease, obesity and diabetes.
High in Calcium
Tigernuts can be ground into a lactose-free milk that is high in calcium. Moreover, the vitamins E and C in tigernuts offers additional benefits not found in cow’s milk. A study suggested that tigernut milk holds up nutritionally as well as soybean as a milk substitute. It can even be mixed with cow’s milk in yogurts without effecting taste or texture, while upping the nutritional value.
High in Iron
Vegetarian and vegan diets are much more effective when iron intake is not diminished. Adding tigernuts to your diet will ensure that you optimize your health, since this little vegetable root is packed with iron. In fact, tigernuts even contain more iron than cow’s milk, and as much as red meat or liver. Snacking on tigernuts, baking with tigernut flour — it all adds nutritional value to your diet, and allows you to have all the good with none of the bad. Rather than compromising you diet and iron intake, you can strengthen it.
The presence of amino acids, namely arginine, makes it an excellent way to keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. Arginine has also been attributed with reducing the risk of clogged arteries, erectile dysfunction, and muscle cramps. Meanwhile, the presence of vitamin E makes this paleo snack even more likely to prevent heart disease, and cancers. As a resistant starch food, tigernuts protect especially well against colon cancer by feeding the friendly bacteria that are largely passed over by other foods. resistant starch has also been known to aid in the improvement of the digestive system, and insulin sensitivity.
Organic Gemini Tigernut Products
Alongside the natural benefits of the tigernut, our products are:
We offer the goodness of tigernuts in a variety of forms:
Our TigerNuts are also available by the bulk, and our Horchata comes in a variety of flavors. Organic Gemini is all about delivering tigernuts, and all they have to offer. We believe in the tigernut, because we have experienced its benefits first hand. Now, we’d like to share it with you.