Teff – The New Quinoa?

What the heck is teff? I’m glad you asked. By now, you’ve probably heard all about quinoa. Y’know, the “grain” that’s actually a seed?

It’s touted as a superfood of sorts due to the fact that it’s a plant protein containing all of the essential amino acids and it’s gluten-free. Let us tell you all about teff nutrition, benefits and recipes in our know-how post.

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Teff grain is a staple food in some places like Ethiopia due to its ability to thrive in very dry weather meaning it’s always available. It’s truly a traditional food, and it’s been around for a long time.

This teeny-tiny grain that looks more like a seed is always consumed in tact unlike most wheat products in which the bran and germ are separated or one is removed. This inherently makes them more nutritious than most other grains, giving it that superfood power.

Teff Nutrition & Benefits

Teff nutrition is pretty convincing considering how nutrient packed this little seed is.

  • 1/2 cup of teff grain contains 87 milligrams of calcium or 9% of the daily value
  • 1/2 cup of teff provides 22% of the daily value of magnesium
  • Slow starch digestion can help manage blood sugar (low glycemic index), control weight, and improve colon health
  • Teff contains selenium which helps thyroid metabolism functioning
  • It’s gluten-free which essentially means it is free of allergens and suitable for most diets, even a modified paleo diet
  • The fibre content can help regulate bowel movements
  • It contains vitamin C which is seldom found in other grains

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Teff Recipes

Ethiopian teff recipes are the most common use for the flour. If you’ve ever eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant, you might be more familiar with the teff seed than you think.

teff-recipes

Where to Buy Teff Flour

You can probably find teff grains or flour in the bulk section at your natural foods store or co-op. You might be able to find Bob’s Red Mill brand in the baking aisle as well.

Finally, you might be able to spot some at specialty markets, specifically African food stores since it’s often used in Ethiopian cuisine.

where to buy teff flour

All in all, the teff seed and teff flour are a healthy alternative to wheat flour. It’s gluten-free, loaded with nutrients, and suitable for most diets. It’s versatility and affordability make it easy to use and cook with. What is your favorite gluten-free grain?

Teff grain is a staple food in some places like Ethiopia due to its ability to thrive in very dry weather meaning it’s always available. It’s truly a traditional food, and it’s been around for a long time.

This teeny-tiny grain that looks more like a seed is always consumed in tact unlike most wheat products in which the bran and germ are separated or one is removed. This inherently makes them more nutritious than most other grains, giving it that superfood power.

Teff Nutrition & Benefits

Teff nutrition is pretty convincing considering how nutrient packed this little seed is.

  • 1/2 cup of teff grain contains 87 milligrams of calcium or 9% of the daily value
  • 1/2 cup of teff provides 22% of the daily value of magnesium
  • Slow starch digestion can help manage blood sugar (low glycemic index), control weight, and improve colon health
  • Teff contains selenium which helps thyroid metabolism functioning
  • It’s gluten-free which essentially means it is free of allergens and suitable for most diets, even a modified paleo diet
  • The fibre content can help regulate bowel movements
  • It contains vitamin C which is seldom found in other grains

ehtiopian-teff

Teff Recipes

Ethiopian teff recipes are the most common use for the flour. If you’ve ever eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant, you might be more familiar with the teff seed than you think.

teff-recipes

Where to Buy Teff Flour

You can probably find teff grains or flour in the bulk section at your natural foods store or co-op. You might be able to find Bob’s Red Mill brand in the baking aisle as well.

Finally, you might be able to spot some at specialty markets, specifically African food stores since it’s often used in Ethiopian cuisine.

where to buy teff flour

All in all, the teff seed and teff flour are a healthy alternative to wheat flour. It’s gluten-free, loaded with nutrients, and suitable for most diets. It’s versatility and affordability make it easy to use and cook with. What is your favorite gluten-free grain?

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