Horchata the popular Spanish health drink made with Tigernut is now available locally, freshly made by Chufala, Singapore’s first Horchata brand. The plant-based drink is vegan, gluten free, Paleo, and considered and ancient superfood.
Tigernuts and Chufa What’s The Difference ?
Tigernuts and Chufas are the same, the former in English and the latter in Spanish. It is the key ingredient in Horchata (The Drink made with the nuts) and interestingly it was one of the earliest foods that were cultivated in civilisation. Oh and it’s not actually a nut but a vegetable. A high fibre tuber to be more specific.
Considered an ancient food, studies show its presence in food consumption with Egyptians in 4000BC and noted even now as a key source for development of mans body and brains up to a million years ago.
Chufala, Singapore’s First Freshly Made Horchata FnB brand
Chufala (It’s a word play on Chufa + Lah) was started in September 2016 by three friends who have come together to spread the goodness of Horchata de Chufa. They concocted the idea of bringing the product to Singapore when they met in Spain while they were finishing up University in Europe and discovering the tasty thirst quencher.
We tried Chufala’s Horchata and it was smooth and tasty. Good for our warm tropical weather, its cooling, refreshing and keeps you feeling full.
Be prepped to have a bottle opener on standby.
For a little taste experiment we mixed Chufala’s Horchata with our local kopi and also an Americano for comparison . The results were quite pleasing. Needs a bit of tweaking because our agar-ation got us only that far. It was better with the roasted Americano. A good alternative especially if you don’t drink milk or are looking for something to add flavour into your regular coffee without the refined sugars.
Chufala‘s Horchata trending like Starbucks?
Starbucks recently launched a Horchata Almond milk Frappuccino in August and it’s the first blended drink to come with almond milk. Could horchata be the next health beverage trend for happy hipsters and fitness fans? Maybe.
Is Horchata Healthy?
Studies show its numerous health benefits include helps in preventing heart attacks, thrombosis and activating blood circulation. It helps in preventing cancer, due to high content of soluble glucose and was also found to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Nutritional Benefits of Horchata de Chufa
- Protein arginine amino acid
- Palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic fatty acids
Chufala In a Smoothie
Chufala also has the Chufas/Tigernuts in powdered form and you can get raw chufa and peeled Chufas in convenient easy to go packets. I unloaded it into a smoothie made with 1 banana and 4 Tablespoons of rolled oats. The chufa is high in dietary fibre which kept me feeling full for half a day. Adding chufa powder into the mix gave it a nice full bodied nutty taste and acted as a natural sweetener. Cut down the banana or add more water to control sweetness.
9 Health Benefits In A Bottle of Chufala
- Great for overall digestion
Tigernuts are full of fibre, making them beneficial for the digestive system.
- Helps you lose weight
The high fibre content of a bottle of Chufala’s Horchata will keep you full for longer period of time and they contain resistant starch, known to help suppress appetite.
- They help regulate blood sugar levels
The high insoluble fibres are good for diabetics as they don’t spike blood sugar levels unlike carbohydrates .
- Good for your heart
Much like olive oil, Tigernuts are full of healthy non-saturated fats which are beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
- Full of vitamins and minerals
Tigernuts are a rich source of numerous vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, potassium, iron and magnesium.
- Helps control blood pressure
They are a good source of the amino acid arginine, known to help maintain normal blood flow and control blood pressure.
- Lactose Free
A good vegetable based alternative for cows milk, so if you are lactose intolerant or vegan, Chufala’s Horchata is a good choice for calcium as well.
- Good for gut health
A natural pre-biotic, Tigernuts promote a strong immune system by helping healthy bacteria grow in our gut.
- Good source of protein
It is an important ingredient for growth and repair. Tigernuts contain a high amount of natural vegetable protein so it could make a good post workout drink.
Ready to order your Horchata de Chufa, find out more here http://www.chufala.com.sg/shop.html