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Your new superfood: Tigernuts

Your new superfood: Tigernuts

According to nutritional experts, tigernuts are the new superfood.

For those who've never heard of them: tigernuts aren't actually nuts - they're the edible tubers of the cyperus esculentus or yellow nutsedge plant and were particularly popular in the 50s and 60s.

Now we're being told to make them a part of our diets again, thanks to the amazing nutritional benefits they provide. Packed with iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C and E, it's no wonder they're being hailed a superfood.

"We’ve been selling tigernuts for about a year now, and are definitely noticing more interest recently, and our sales are increasing," Jemma Brett, spokesman for Navi Organics, explained to MailOnline.

"We consider them a superfood, especially with their nutrient profile almost mirroring that of human breast milk, and the fact that they are gluten-free and nut-free makes them a wonderful alternative and healthy choice."

They won't just round out a balanced diet though; tigernuts could also help you if you're trying to shed a few pounds. Resistant starch acts as a mild appetite suppressant and will help you to feel fuller for longer.

Resistant starch is also a prebiotic, which helps with the production of probiotic bacteria, maintaining a healthy environment for the gut.

So how can you incorporate tigernuts into your diet? If you like things simple, just eat them as they are. A handful is a great way to quieten a rumbling stomach and will stop you from reaching for more sinful snacks.

It's also possible to buy tigernut flour, which you can use in place of the regular variety to add a nutty flavour to baked goods. Try it next time you make cookies, cakes or pizza dough.

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