Have you ever gone to a supermarket, see something labelled as a superfood, and consider buying it? Have you ever ended up buying superfoods? When you see these superfoods, do you even know why they’re considered superfoods? Well, I’m going to tell you what exactly superfoods are, whether it’s worth buying them, and if the term itself is trustworthy and fair to use.
My Superfood: Tiger Nuts
The superfood I will be comparing to more common foods is the tiger nut. Tiger nuts, contrary to the name, are actually not nuts, but are actually tubers, like potatoes. They are believed to be a palaeolithic food, which means that it was a food that our ancestors ate commonly, which caused their evolutions, but there is no solid evidence, only deductions. What makes tiger nuts, or any superfood a superfood, is the nutritional value of the food. When you find a superfood, they usually have large quantities of nutrients in them, much larger than common foods like apples and bananas, and tiger nuts are no exception. They have extremely high quantities of magnesium, in which 100 grams is enough to give you roughly 15% of the magnesium you need daily. The magnesium is needed in your body because it keeps your body active and constantly reacting to everything else going on inside the body. Tiger nuts also have large amounts of potassium; simply eating 25 tiger nuts will give you 139mg of potassium, which is about the amount potatoes and avocados have, and even more than a banana! The body needs potassium to regulate muscle contractions which help the digestive system, as well as keeping cells and organs in your body functional. They also have some other nutrients:
Carbohydrates – 30.55 grams
Fats – 24.9 grams
Proteins – 4.58 grams
Fibre – 33.04 grams
While there is a lack of proteins, there is a huge amount of fibre, and a healthy amount of carbohydrates, but a little too much fat. The carbohydrates, both starch and sugar, are used as a source of energy, by being broken down. The fats are used to store energy, and are sometimes broken down into energy along with proteins if there are no carbohydrates and your body needs energy. The proteins are also used to keep the structure of the body and create blood cells that are missing. Fibres are used to clean out your digestive system to make it easy to digest food, and to keep your body from having problems like indigestion and diarrhoea.
Comparing The Nutrients To Regular Foods
To show you how much better tiger nuts are compared to some regular foods, I’m going to compare the amount of magnesium in it to the amount of magnesium in tofu because it has a lot of magnesium. Tiger nuts have roughly 90 milligrams of magnesium in every 100 grams, while tofu only has 58 milligrams of magnesium, which shows that tiger nuts have a lot more magnesium than tofu.
To test another nutrient, I’m going to compare the amount of potassium in tiger nuts to the amount of potassium in bananas because they’re well known for having lots of potassium. Tiger nuts have roughly 710 milligrams of potassium in every 100 grams, but bananas only have 358 milligrams of potassium, which means that tiger nuts are a much better source of potassium than bananas, even though bananas are known for their potassium.
To see how good the fibre is in tiger nuts, I’m going to compare it to the amount of fibre in lima beans, as it has a very high fibre content. Tiger nuts have approximately 33 grams of fibre every 100 grams, while lima beans only have 19 grams every 100 grams, meaning that tiger nuts have more fibre content than lima beans.
This shows that tiger nuts are really good in terms of their nutritional value, but have a little too much fat and are lacking in proteins. But are tiger nuts really worth buying? This is an important question, because superfoods are always ridiculously expensive, because of how healthy they supposedly are, even when they aren’t that healthy. But that’s something that changes with each person, and so it’s a question you need to answer for yourself, with your new knowledge on tiger nuts.
The Issues With The Word “Superfood”
Although some superfoods are actually healthier than regular foods, a lot of superfoods aren’t very super, and aren’t really any healthier than normal foods, but are still called superfoods in supermarkets. This is a big issue because the way superfoods are being called super is a lie that many people overlook, simply because not everyone knows about superfoods and what they are, and this causes people to like the sound of a “super”food and decide to buy it, especially when it’s so much more expensive than regular foods, and usually not worth it at all. This is a massive economical issue, as it makes so many people waste money on superfoods that do almost nothing for them, making them essentially pay extra money to shops for no reason at all. This is also an ethical issue, because it definitely isn’t right to trick and steal people’s money by lying and telling them that a food is “super” to make them buy it for a much higher price, thinking that it’s better than a regular food. Overall, I definitely think that using the word superfood isn’t very good, even with tiger nuts, because they don’t have enough proteins, and have a little too much fat.
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