What is Teff and where it comes from?
Teff (Eragrostis tef) is the smallest grain in the world, because its grains are so small that even 100 teff grains give the appearance of a single grain of wheat.
This wonderful and interesting grain comes from Ethiopia, where for centuries grown as traditional grain for the production of flour from which the local people make bread for daily consumption.
The taste of these grains is slightly nutty and friendly.
What is the Nutritional Profile of Teff ?
This miniature grain is rich in bran and germ, as during processing they are not lost because the grain is too small to separate these remains of the grain’s core.
Also, teff is rich in vegetable fiber, proteins and contains quite a bit of fat, and natural carbohydrates in the metabolism easily disintegrate to glucose. The high protein content makes teff very interesting to vegans.
What stands teff out is absence of gluten, a protein responsible for the occurrence of celiac disease or allergies to gluten, which is manifested in the form of digestive disorders, skin changes and disturbances of concentration and behavior.
Extremely important fact is that teff contains all eight essential amino acids that are essential for organism. Given that, most of the food doesn’t contain sufficient concentrations of amino acids and contains only some of them, teff is great food at this point.
From minerals, teff is rich in calcium, even much more than milk. It also contains high doses of iron; and there are phosphorus, magnesium, copper and zinc.
From this vitamin this cereal contains a lot of vitamin C and vitamin B1.
Health Benefits of Teff
1. Teff is food for vegans – doesn’t contain gluten, contains a lot of protein, minerals and important nutrients to replenish energy.
2. The absence of sodium and saturated fatty acids makes teff excellent foodstuff in preserving the health of blood vessels and blood pressure.
3. Plenty of fiber in teff allows cleaning hoses, better digestion and rapid metabolism, which helps to counter weight loss.
4. High level of calcium in the teff is essential for children's development and women in menopause to preserve bone density and teeth.
5. Iron in teff, will help anemic people to deal with the situation with the symptoms of this disorder bring.
6. Teff is easy digestible cereal that doesn’t raises the glycemic index, so diabetics can consume it.
7. It gives the feeling of satiety, feeling full of energy and strength.
8. Positive influence on reducing the symptoms of PMS in women.
9. Excellent in support of the development and proper functioning of the nervous system due to significant concentrations of copper, which increases the absorption of iron and plays an important role in the body in the production of energy in the formation of collagen, which is essential for skin elasticity and prevent premature aging.
10. Due to the high content of vitamin C, teff makes the immune system strong.
How to use teff in the diet?
Teff is a cereal which like any other can be cook, or it can make a meal of it, porridge, puddings.
Also, from this cereal is produced flour with a nutty flavor that can be mixed with other flours in the production of bread and pastries.