Tigernut are not nuts. Tigernuts are a part of the ‘tuber’ family, like potatoes and artichoke – which means they’re an excellent alternative for those with nut allergies and grain allergies.
They are a fantastic food for a majority of diet choices; paleo, gluten-free, vegan, low FODMAP, grain-free, whole food, etc.
Benefits of Tigernut
Tiger nuts are super high in resistant starch fiber. Resistant starch passes through the stomach and small intestine without being digested, and may even help you lose weight by reducing blood sugar spikes and keeping you fuller longer than other foods with the same number of calories. It also benefits your gut by acting as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.
Ways to enjoy
Tiger nuts are very versatile and can be added to your diet in a variety of ways.
They can be eaten raw or roasted and tend to be softer and easier to chew when they have been soaked or boiled in water. They also make for a tasty snack but can also be used as toppings for a variety of dishes, such as breakfast cereal, smoothies, salads, and yogurts.
Additionally, tigernuts can be mixed in with nuts and dried fruit for an alternative take on trail mix. They may also be ground and used in bread or other baked goods. Ground tiger nuts are a great vgluten free replacement for flour or binder in veggie burgers.