Disadvantages and Side Effects of tiger nuts…
Tigernut is not a nut Rather tiger nut is a tuber.
We cannot be talking about the side effects of tiger nuts when we have not looked into the numerous health benefits, medicinal properties and nutritional value of this wonderful tuber.
(1) It contains vitamins B, C and E, insoluble fibre, iron, potassium, proteins, natural sugars, zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous etc.
(2) It contains enzymes that aid digestion such as catalase, lipase and amylase, and are often recommended to those who suffer from constipation, indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea.
(3) The presence of magnesium in tiger nuts help in the fight against tooth decay and osteoporosis, prevention of menstrual problems and maintenance of a stable body pH.
(4)Due to the high amount of potassium in tiger nuts, it helps control activities of the heart and blood pressure.
(5)Tiger nut is ideal for weight watchers since it is very high in fibre, it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, resulting in a lower calorie intake.
(6)Due to the high fibre content, tiger nuts help prevent constipation.
(7)Tigernut is an aphrodisiac, very good for the libido in both male and female. It is rich in arginine which is also good for sexual health, arterial and heart health.
(8)Due to its high vitamin E content, it is used as a cosmetic product, to help slow down the ageing of skin cells.
(9)It is high in antioxidants, antibacterial and antispasmodic.
(10)Phytochemicals in tiger nuts are most beneficial to humans, they have antimicrobial, analgesic, antispasmodic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
(11)It is ideal for those with nut allergies because it is not a nut.
Disadvantages and Side effects of tiger nuts.
There are not reported side effects of tiger nuts other than the following:
1. Possible Allergies
There is no food or drink without possible risk of allergies and tiger nuts are not are exemption. There have been reports of allergies from tiger nuts and tiger nut juice.
2. Food poisoning
Tiger nuts juice can become contaminated especially when prepared in an unhygienic conditions. Contaminated tiger nuts and tiger nuts juice can cause food poisoning with symptoms like abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, dehydration, bloody stools etc
3. Weight gain
This is not a side effect in the real sense of it because persons may actually take tiger nut to gain weight…. Tiger nuts is rich in calaories and promotes weight gain.
Swallowing the chaff of tiger nuts can irritate the airway and cause cough.
There are no real serious side effects and disadvantages of tiger nuts especially if thoroughly washed and the juice hygienically prepared.
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