Teff Nutritional Benefits

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While teff is a seed and not actually a grain at all, it can be used in many of the same ways. Also, it boasts a few nutritional advantages that aren’t found in a lot of other grains as well as some universal wholegrain benefits. It’s worth asking why teff is all of the sudden surfacing as a healthy option. Teff is not new but has been relatively unknown in developing countries until now. But now that it has our full attention, we’re noticing things that make it a nice addition to a healthy diet (Percentages based on a 150g serving size of teff flour).

Protein

Teff’s mother country, Ethiopia, is famous for its long-distance runners. Some attribute the health of these runners to teff. Ethiopians get about two-thirds of their protein from this tiny grain. In 150g serving of flour made from teff, our bodies can access 25% of our daily value for protein.

Fiber

Teff is a good source of dietary fiber including resistant starch which is a recently discovered class of fiber that helps us manage blood sugar, weight, and, colon health.

Gluten-Free

Teff contains no gluten and thus can provide many of the health benefits and food that we’re used to without damaging our digestive system.

Magnesium

Teff is good news for our muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. It contains 69% of our daily value of magnesium. Magnesium is a cofactor for many of our body processes and can help us avoid things like migraines, heart attacks, and diabetes.

Vitamin B6

We can access 10% of our daily value of vitamin B6 (Pyridoxin) in a serving of teff. Vitamin B6 helps out all over the place. Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, CD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association explained the function of vitamin B6. “It is important for cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscular, and nervous system function. It is one of the vitamins that are behind the scenes.”

Zinc

Zinc is an ally to our immune systems and genetic code. It helps us fight off disease and builds proteins. A serving of teff can provide 10% of our needed zinc.

Calcium

And the winner is tiny teff! Teff easily leads the grains in calcium content (123 mg/1 cup cooked teff). This is almost 5 times more than whole wheat. We all know what that means for our bones and teeth!

Vitamin C

This is something special about teff. Most grains don’t boast vitamin C content. But teff is actually a good source of the vitamin so crucial to our immune system, body tissues, and skeletal system.

References:

Gordon, Elaine. “Teff, Ethiopia’s nutritious grain.” The Washington Post. Web. 17 Jan. 2015.

“Teff and Millet – November Grains of the Month.” Whole Grains Council. Oldways Preservation Trust. Web. 17 Jan. 2015.

“What is Teff?” Maskal Teff. The Teff Company. Web. 17 Jan. 2015.

http://grassvalleygrains.com/2012/02/planting-teff/

3 responses to “Teff Nutritional Benefits”

  1. find-way.net says:

    “Teff packs a nutritional punch to your diet if you are looking for a super food that gives you excellent combination benefits,” says Rosanna Lee, a nutrition educator based in Toronto.

  2. Mary Brown says:

    I have eaten the whole box of Kashi
    Tomato Lentil Berbere Teff Thins!
    DELICIOUS

    LOOKED UP Teff & read while finishing the box!!!
    No joke!

    Not good with baking/cooking, time wise or gifted wise 😋

    What other products or over the counter capsules containing Teff are there?
    I am 5’5, 110 lbs.
    Daughter & her husband might be interested in weight control, also.
    Thank you for your help

  3. Abigail says:

    Teff is wonderful! An Ethiopian traditional dish can be made, since it originates in Ethiopia! I am Ethiopian, and proud to be! It is a wonderful dish as well. Search it up!

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