Tigernut from Valencia, the valencian superfood

Healthy benefits of the tigernut

The tigernut from Valencia has become a worldwide reference of health and energy, with multiple beneficial properties.

Scientists from the University of Valencia have concluded that tigernut has very healthy and digestive properties because of its high content of starch and amino acids. It is also rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron, as well as unsaturated fats and proteins.

That is why its consumption is recommended for all people of any age.

There are physiological situations in which its consumption becomes interesting and there are diseases in which it becomes a nutritional ally.


  • For pregnant, it is interesting to use it for the varied contribution of amino acids, specially arginine because of its amount and also due the importance of this amino acid for the fetus and newborn. That's why it is considered interesting to incorporate tigernut amnd tigernut horchata into the habitual diet of the pregnant to promote, along with a varied and balanced diet, the improvement of the formation of the fetus and the health of the mother.
  • For children and teenagers, tigernut horchata is a complete drink within the usual diet of children and adolescents. Due to its content in calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, it is highly indicated in the growth stage.
  • For vegetarians tigernut and tigernut horchata provides a lot of nutrients and in proportions more adequate than other drinks of vegetable origin. Tigernut and tigernut horchata it is slightly rich in iron, rich in calcium, and combined with rice makes us get proteins of high biological value, by combining a tuber (chufa) and a cereal (rice).
There are pathological situations in which it becomes interesting the inclusion of tigernut or tigernut horchata:


  • Tigernut contains no lactose so it can be consumed without problems by people allergic to lactose
  • Celiaquía or gluten intolerance: tigernut and its derivatives, such as tigernut horchata or tigernut flour, are free from gluten.
  • Tigernut and its derivatives, such as tigernut horchata, for its euppie properties, facilitates the digestion of carbohydrates and fats by their content in enzymes such as amylase and lipase, while avoiding flatulence, so it improves the quality of the digestions.
  • The tigernut, because of its starch content, has antidiarrheal properties, in the tigernut skin we find high amounts of suberin that acts like prebiotic since it favors the growth of the beneficial intestinal flora fermentative. Tigernut horchata, because of its starch content, has thickening properties of feces.
  • Constipation: when treating the tigernut of a food rich in fiber, its habitual consumption by the people with constipation can be beneficial.
  • Hypertension: Tigernut Horchata is a non-alcoholic beverage containing 0.8% of the sodium CDR in one serving (200 ml). Also note that it contains arginine (536.5 mg / serving), a type of amino acid precursor of nitric acid; Molecule with important vasodilating effects.
  • Tigernut and all the foods derived from it, such as tigernut horchata, tigernut flour, etc., could be useful for the control of cholesterol and triglycerides because of their lipid profile, with an amount of oleic acid (containing 77% Of oleic acid) very similar to olive oil. On the other hand, for the dyslipemia treatment it is recommended to take foods rich in fiber since they allow the reduction of the absorption of cholesterol at the intestinal level, and the tigernut has a significant fiber content. Finally, both tigernut and tigernut horchata, because of their vegetable origin, are cholesterol-free.
  • Tigernut can be eaten by diabetics, the arginine, the amino acid present in tigernut has secretagogic effects on insulin, so it could be beneficial for patients with type II diabetes.
  • Renal pathology: The introduction in the diet of tigernut or tigernut horchata is interesting because of its moderate content in proteins but with remarkable amounts of some essential amino acids. Its sodium content is inferior to other drinks that we find in the market.

  • Canker sores or oral ulcers: tigernut and tigernut horchata has peroxidase and catalase with disinfectant properties.


Thus, feeding and caring at the same time, is one of the many advantages offered by tigernut and its derivatives, such as tigernut horchata from Valencia, and therefore is already considered a superfood.