The Benefits of Teff

Teff is used to make the Ethiopian staple – Injera
teff grains

Teff is an Ethopian-native grain now gaining worldwide recognition for its gluten-free and nutritive properties.

This grain, if unprocessed (raw), is used to enrich the nutritional value of your breakfast, breads and muffins, cakes and cookies, to make soups and stews thicker and tastier and it can be cooked as porridge as well.

Teff contains many vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and amino-acids. 100 grams of teff (uncooked) contains 367 calories.

It contains as much as 5 of the B complex group of vitamins such as: riboflavin (31%); thiamin (50%); pyridoxine (B6 – 47%); niacin (32%) and pantothenic acid (18%). These B vitamins are essential for the metabolic processes of the human body i.e. for the metabolizing of fats, protein and carbohydrates, effectively using them as energy.

Other vitamins in teff are vitamin A and E. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is present with very little amounts, but it does have antioxidant properties to fight free radicals. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant vitamin with 1% presence in teff. There is 5% of vitamin K in teff – a vitamin vital for blood coagulation.

There are many minerals in this African grain as well: manganese, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, selenium, phosphorous, iron etc. Manganese is present with incredible 893% of the daily recommended dosage and this mineral helps the production of sex hormones as well as healthy bones and body tissues. Calcium is another mineral essential for bone health; iron and copper are vital for the formation of red blood cells.

InjeraTeff is a grain rich in protein. 100 grams of teff contain 13 grams of protein in the form of amino-acids. 1 cup of teff a day can provide nearly 50% of the daily recommended needs for protein based on a 2000 calorie diet. Besides protein, this amazing crop is rich in dietary fiber and healthy fats. Fiber cannot be broken down into energy, but the body uses it to alleviate the food digestion and to provide the digestive system a way of easy absorption of nutrients from food. Fiber also helps with constipation. 1 cup of teff contains 62% of the daily recommended needs for fiber.

As for the healthy fats, teff contains 7% of them. Among them, there’s the famous omega-3 fatty acid that helps protect the heart from heart diseases and heart attacks.

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