Tiger nuts are a popular snack in West Africa, where they are known Dyula, Aya, Hausa Groundnut, Ofio, Keegun, Isip Osong, or Aki Awusa in Nigeria. It is usually eaten fresh and sometimes dried and later rehydrated and eaten.
It is used as a flavoring agent in ice cream and in the preparation of kunnu (a local nonalcoholic beverage in Nigeria).
Aside these, tiger nuts have been shown to possess some health benefits and some of them are outlined below;
1. Tiger nuts contain a high Load of Antioxidants. In the body, free-flowing oxygen molecules can create free radicals, otherwise known as oxidative damage.
This damage can eventually lead to diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. It’s important to have a diet rich in antioxidants to protect yourself from oxidative damage over time, and tiger nuts are a great source of antioxidants.
2. It provides a Great Source of fiber. Often fiber passes through the digestive system capturing toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles and expelling them from the system.
Fiber helps you to feel full, maintains digestive health, prevent heart disease, lose weight and prevent diabetes.
3. Another tiger nut benefit is the ability to fight bacteria in the human body. Studies have portrayed it to possess bacteria-fighting effects on several dangerous human pathogens, including salmonella and E. coli.
4. While tiger nuts help fight bad bacteria in your body, they also assist your digestive tract by acting as a probiotic.
Probiotics function by serving as energy sources for the positive gut bacteria that keep your entire digestive system running smoothly.
5. Eaten in good, healthy quantities, tiger nuts have also been known to relieve flatulence and diarrhea.
So here is the deal for today, stop the next man (probably of northern origin) selling these ‘nuts’, buy for yourself and your loved ones, wash properly, enjoy.