Touted as one of the world’s healthiest snacks, tiger nuts are making a comeback because they are high in iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Tiger nuts are currently trending in the paleo and raw diet communities, and despite their name, they are not actually nuts at all. They are tubers or underground root-like bulbs of yellow nustedge. Tiger nuts are members of the sedge family and believed to be the most ancient foods found in Egypt.
Tiger nuts are also called chufa nuts and have a nutty taste similar to coconuts. This milky, nutty tasting tuber is plentiful in Nigeria and can also be found in the Spanish drink horchata. This ancient super-food is extremely high in fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamins C and E. As a matter of fact, tiger nuts have as much iron as red meat, as much potassium as coconut water. They are allergen free, gluten free, dairy free, and chocked full of resistant starch, which is a type of fiber that is pre-biotic.
What is chufa (tiger nut”> milk?
This translucent liquid extracted from the tuber of Cyperus esculentus has no reported allergies, perfect for dairy-intolerant individuals and for nut or seed allergy sufferers. It is a creamy beverage with a sweet, toasty flavor that is perfect alone or added to coffee or tea. Many love them for smoothies too.
What are the benefits of chufa milk for hair?
Chufa milk consists of amino acids, flavonoids, minerals, sugars, and vitamins B, C and E, which come together and provide antioxidants and moisturizing properties to not only skin but also hair. Chufa milk’s primary benefits to hair are protection and moisture. With its solid source of magnesium, chufa milk helps women suffering from a magnesium deficiency, which can contribute to scalp hair loss. Chufa milk helps to fortify hair and protect it against UV rays while making it softer.
We are seeing more products on the market utilizing the benefits of chufa milk and not just because what it can do for hair but also because it is great for persons allergic to nuts or seeds. Here are a few products that are formulated with chufa milk.
Products with Tiger Nut Milk
- DevaCurl Decadence® No-Poo Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser
- DevaCurl One Condition Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner
- Devacurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
- Beauty and Pin-Ups LUXE Leave-In Spray On Revitalizing Conditioner
Want to make your own Chufa or Tiger nut milk? Here’s a simple video show you how.
How to Make Tiger Nut Milk