The Benefits of Teff

Teff is a versatile grain and can be eaten whole, steamed, boiled or baked. It is high in protein with a great combination of eight essential amino acids needed for the body’s growth and repair. It has high amounts of calcium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, thiamin, and vitamin C (which is not normally found in alternative grains like quinoa). The iron from teff is easily absorbed and is also recommended for people with low blood iron levels.

Teff is a gluten-free grain so it can be a great alternative for those having gluten intolerance or choosing a gluten-free lifestyle.

Blood Sugars
If you’re diabetic, you might want to consider adding teff to your diet to control blood sugar levels. Teff contains approximately 30% resistant starches and has a relatively low glycemic index (GI) that can help diabetics better regulate their sugar levels.

Teff is also great for helping your bowels move. The fibre content in this tiny little grain (smallest in the world) can help you regulate your bowel movements and keep you feeling fuller longer.

Low Sodium
Teff is also great for those seeking to lower their blood pressure and maintain a heart healthy diet. Unprocessed teff is a better alternative compared with pre-processed, cooked teff which often comes with preservatives or additives that are high in sodium.

Low In Fat
Naturally, this grain is very low in saturated fat.

Tastes Great
Looking very much like poppy seeds, teff has a nutty, grainy taste and texture that can add dimension to your recipes and cooking.

Try it yourself and let me know how you get on!