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Refreshing horchata benefits

Many people regard horchata simply as a cold refreshing drink, but it is much more than that. It is a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin E, minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron as well as starch, unsaturated fats, protein and enzymes that improve digestion.

Horchata is extremely healthy, it is free from lactose, casein, and gluten and contains almost no sodium. It is very high in calories (100 kcal per 100g) and is unsurprisingly a popular drink after exercise. No wonder they call it the drink of the gods.

  • It is good for your eyesight:

Drinking a little horchata, or anything else with tiger nut in, every day will keep your eyes healthy.

  • It is an aphrodisiacs:

Some swear that horchata is much more potent than oysters, chocolate, or any other supposed aphrodisiacs out there. And who are we to argue? 

  • Vitamin C:

Is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

  • Vitamin E:

Vitamin E supplements may prevent coronary heart disease, support immune function, prevent inflammation, promote eye health, and lower the risk of cancer.

Horchata is a sweet beverage with several adaptations depending on where you’re drinking it. Mexican versions are usually made from rice, and interestingly, the Spanish kind uses tiger nuts (via The Spruce Eats). If it’s the first time you’ve heard of tiger nuts, they haven’t yet fully blown into the mainstream food market like other exotic ingredients such as açaí or chia seeds.