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A lot of us do not know the benefits we can get from tiger nuts but yet we see it and walk past those selling it. Most times some of us see it as some dirty looking nuts because of how it is arranged and sold by the sellers. Tiger nuts is popularly called “Ofio” in Nigeria and mostly sold by the northern tribes. Tiger nuts come in different varieties but the common ones are the yellow looking and soft type and the brownish and dry type.
Tiger nuts are not really nuts but tubers that grow under the soil. Tiger nuts have been used all over the world but in Nigeria, it is predominantly associated with the northern part of the country hence the sale is only by those from there.
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Tiger nuts have many benefits but we have chosen 5 important ones
Milk Substitute for Cow milk
Tiger nuts milk has been known to be a very good substitute for those who do not want to drink cow milk because of its lactose content. Milk derived from tiger nuts is free from lactose and contains a high level of calcium which is good for bones and teeth. Anyone can drink the milk.
Protects Against Cardiovascular Diseases
Tiger nuts is very rich in vitamin E and C. The vitamin E acts as a catch fall reference for different fat soluble compounds that are rich in antioxidant qualities. All these qualities are present in the tiger nut milk and flour.
Cures Erectile Dysfunction
One of the major benefits of tiger nuts is acting indirectly as a palliative of improving the problem of erectile dysfunction. Tiger nuts when blended with dates and coconuts with little water produce a drink that helps to sustain erection. This drink is becoming popular in Nigeria.
Rich Non-meat Protein source
Tiger nuts are one of the richest non-meat protein sources in the world. For vegetarians, tiger nuts is the best option for getting proteins which plays a major role in building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
Tiger nuts are very rich in fibers around 33% which is considerable. The insoluble dietary fiber has been discovered to be higher than that of apples, carrots, rice bran, oats, cabbage etc. which are popular sources. The high insoluble dietary fiber regulates the blood sugar levels and helps the diabetic patient remain healthy.
So it is advisable that when you pass that tiger nut seller, do patronize him/her because it is the ticket to help you live healthier than you expected.