Tigernuts are not nuts, but tiny tubers (root vegetables). Now available in Australia, Tigernuts are the small edible bulbs of the Cyperus esculentus var. sativus plant, a grass-like species native to Africa.
Originally cultivated in Northern Africa, Tigernuts are one of the world’s oldest sources of nutrition.
Tigernuts have long been used as a food source and in traditional medicine for early civilisations including the Chinese and Persians. They were one of the earliest domesticated crops, and have even been found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. The Persians were so fond of Tigernuts that during the Middle Ages, after their expansion across the north of Africa, they introduced the root vegetable to Europe and the Mediterranean.
The first company to make Tigernuts available for purchase in Australia, Terra Firma Foods proudly sources our Tigernuts form GMO free, sustainable farmers in the south of Spain.
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For something so small Tigernuts pack a nutrient punch. Our small tubers are very high in fibre and the #1 natural source of resistant starch. Resistant starch is a prebiotic starch that acts much like insoluble fibre. Resistant starch is not digested in the stomach or small intestine; instead it is passed through to the colon where it acts as food for our body’s friendly gut bacteria (probiotics).
Tigernuts also contain digestive enzymes like catalase, lipase and amylase. These enzymes combined with our resistant starch and fibre content aids digestive health, improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood sugar levels and helps to counteract issues of the bowels.
Did we mention our high content of good fats? Our fat content is primarily made up of oleic acid – the good fat found in olive oil and avocado. In fact, the composition of Tigernut Oil is almost identical to the composition of olive oil.
Let’s not forget that Terra Firma Foods’ Tigernuts are rich in vitamins and minerals including phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and vitamins E and C. Oh and did we mention that we’re non allergenic and completely free from nuts, dairy and gluten? All good things.
Resistant starch (RS) is a prebiotic starch that acts much like insoluble fibre. RS is not digested in the stomach or small intestine, instead it passes through these organs to the colon where it acts as food for our body’s friendly gut bacteria (probiotics).
The health of our gut is very important and many studies in humans show that resistant starch can have powerful overall health benefits for the body.
Resistant starch can help to:
• Kill precancerous polyps in the colon
• Reduce inflammation in the colon
• Prevent or treat inflammatory bowel disease
• Improve insulin sensitivity
• Lower blood sugar levels
• Reduce appetite
Resistant starch also offers various benefits to digestion by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
In 2010, scientists at Virginia Polytechnic and State University reported that resistant starch might also protect against breast cancer.