The Best New Snack For Weight Loss That You’ve Never Tried

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The Best New Snack For Weight Loss That You’ve Never Tried

This was the headline that was featured in whole bunch of magazines, including the on line version of MSN, a couple of weeks ago, and what they were talking about were Tiger Nuts!

Here’s the primary copy from the MSN article:

Looking for a super-filling, low-calorie snack that can help you lose weight and hasn’t been pumped full of artificial crap? We are, too, and apparently some prominent food bloggers have found the best new thing: tiger nuts.

What? You’ve never heard of tiger nuts? Most people haven’t. These slightly sweet, slightly chewy tubers (yes, they’re tubers, not even nuts) with a mild nutty, earthy, vanilla flavour look like shrivelled chickpeas and come from Northern Africa.

So are they really the stuff dieters’ dreams are made of? We investigate. 

The perks: For starters, tiger nuts are super high in resistant starch (RS) fibre, which has been getting a lot of a lot of buzz for its weight-loss benefits, says Gina Consalvo, RD, registered dietician. RS 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, she says. It also benefits your gut by acting as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.

One ounce, or about 50 chickpea-sized pieces of plain, raw tiger nuts, contains 120 calories, 10 g of fibre (about 40% of your daily value), 9 g of naturally occurring sugars, tons of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and iron, and 7 g of fat, most of which is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that research shows can help reduce appetite and promote weight loss. For some context, a serving of almonds—about 23 nuts—has 163 calories and about a third of the filling fibre of tiger nuts.

The copy that they wrote was pretty good we thought, with the exception that we believe the finest Tiger Nuts come from the fertile lands of Valencia Spain, which is where our growers are. Of course we could be biased about that!