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Tiger Nut Oil Health Benefits

Tiger nut oil is expressed from tiger nuts; the oil is golden brown in colour and has a rich, nutty taste. Tiger nut oil is also a fantastic component of beauty products. It has a high oleic acid content and low acidity, and so is excellent for the skin.

 

Tiger nut oil was first used by Egyptians 4000 years ago in preference to olive oil. Indeed, it is generally considered a healthier alternative.

 

The oil is golden brown in colour and has a rich, nutty taste. Tiger nut is an underutilized crop of the family Cyperaceae, which produces rhizomes from the base and tubers that are somewhat spherical.

 

Pollination is by wind. Young tubers are white, while older tubers are covered by a yellow outer membrane; they are usually found within six inches of the ground surface.

 

Vegetative colonies of its plants are often produced from the tubers and their rhizomes.

 

They are usually preserved by sun drying for about three months before storage. It can be eaten raw, dried, roasted, or grated and can be subjected to further processing.

 

The oil remains in a uniform liquid form at refrigeration temperature. This makes the oil suitable for salad making.

 

It has a high oleic acid and low polyunsaturated fatty acid (linoleic acid and linolenic acid) enough to cover daily minimum needs for an adult and low acidity, and so is excellent for the skin.

 

It also has higher oxidative stability than other oils, due to the presence of polyunsaturated fatty acids and gamma-tocoferol.

 

It is regarded as high quality oil due to its extraction without adding any external heat (cold pressed oil), and is highly recommended for cooking over other oils because it is more resistant to chemical decomposition at high temperatures.

 

Tiger nuts are considered as healthy because they can help prevent many health conditions such as heart disease and thrombosis, apart from activating blood circulation and-reducing the risk of colon cancer.

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