Aya (tiger Nut): Amazing Benefits You May Not Know

The very cheap nut often seen sold in wheel barrows by ‘Aboki’ is an ancient food with amazing health benefits I wish to share with you.

High source of fibre: The fibre content of tiger nuts is higher than that of other suggested sources like rice bran, oat bran, jack beans, fruits and veggies like peaches, pears, cabbage and carrots.

Fibre prevents and helps in providing relief from constipation. It keeps a person full for longer and helps in weight loss. Fibre is known to lower cholesterol. A diet high in fibre prevents ,colon cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and gastrointestinal trouble

Good alternative to cow’s milk

People suffering from lactose intolerance can think of drinking tiger nut milk instead of cow’s milk as tiger nuts do not have lactose in them. It is rich in calcium which is a growth supporting and bone building mineral.

Tiger nut milk has been compared with soybean milk and cow milk. It has been found that it ranks the highest in protein levels, fat content, calcium, oleic acid, phosphorus and calories. It also has vitamin C and vitamin E that cow’s milk lacks.

Mixing tiger nut milk with cow’s milk to make yoghurt increases the nutritional value of yoghurt. There are no adverse effects in texture and taste.

Great source of magnesium

Magnesium is essential for the body’s functions. It has a role to play in 300 biochemical reactions of the body. It keeps the functioning of nerves and muscles normal, keeps the heartbeat steady, supports immune function, regulates blood pressure and blood sugar, strengthens the bones and helps us in processing protein.

Tiger nuts are rich in potassium

Tiger nuts have lots of potassium present in them. It is a mineral that helps perform proper cell and organ function. It regulates the contraction of muscles. It helps in digestion and lowers blood pressure. Potassium is also required for bone health and for the prevention of osteoporosis. If you include tiger nuts in your diet you can ward off bone degeneration and also keep the body functioning well.

Tiger nuts are a good source of protein

Protein is an essential part of our diet. It has an essential role to play in building cartilage, bone, muscle, skin and blood. It is the building block of vitamins, hormones and enzymes in the body. The tiger nut is a good plant source of protein. It has more amino acids than the standard suggested by WHO.

Tiger nuts help in controlling diabetes

The presences of insoluble fibre in the tiger nut helps regulate the blood sugar of diabetics and makes them stay healthy.

Tiger nuts protect from cardiovascular disease and cancer

Tiger nuts are rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the body from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin E along with oleic acid present in tiger nuts are known to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

These are just some benefits of Tiger nut I wish to share with you, fortunately, these nuts are very cheap, you can get a reasonable quantity for as low as 50 naira and there are very easy to find.

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