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Teff: The New Super Food You Need to Try

Teff: The New Super Food You Need to Try

With fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, it’s no wonder that teff is being touted as the next big super food. And Hollywood A-listers have good reason to love it—here are seven things you need to know about teff.

 

  • It’s gluten-free, and can even be ground to make a flour alternative. Use it to make pie crusts, cookies and breads.
  • It’s packed with protein and vitamin C (a nutrient not usually found in grains).
  • It far surpasses other grains when it comes to calcium content—a cup of cooked teff will get you as much calcium as half a cup of cooked spinach.
  • Teff is high in resistant starch, a type of starch that doesn’t break down into sugar. Instead, it passes into the large intestine largely undigested, making it great for appetite control, regulating blood sugar, and improving bowel function.

 

 

  • Teff has been around for over 4,000 years and is native to Ethiopia. If you’ve ever eaten at an Ethiopiant restaurant, you’ve probably tried it—when ground into flour and fermented, it’s called injera, a spongy, pancake-like bread used to scoop food.
  • It’s tiny—about the size of a poppy seed. Three thousand grains of teff weigh just one gram.
  • Stocking the cupboards? White teff has a milder flavor, while the darker varieties will give you an earthier taste. Try cooking it on its own with water, or add it to soups for a nutritional boost.

 

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Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at dianavilibert.com, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.

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11:02PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I had not heard of this before thx

10:58PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

didn't realize it was high in calcium, I'll have to see if I can find it

10:56PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

teff isn't exactly new, its been around for years, but it is hard to find

8:08AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Sounds like it's an important grain to add to one's health conscious diet.

12:29AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

ty

12:29AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

ty

7:59AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

I usually use brown rice flour as my gluten free grain of choice. Can't wait to try this I'm always looking for new alternatives. Wish the the article would have given a recipe or two to try.

5:52AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

I made peanut butter cookies teff flour instead of regular flour, and made the grain as breakfast food. It has the consistency of cream of wheat without the gluten.

3:23AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

noted.

7:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

The whole “superfood” movement is a marketing scam. There are no so-called "superfoods" that provide anything more beneficial than non-super food products can give at a fraction of the super-inflated price charged by hyped up marketers.

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/superfood-or-super-fraud-2478859.html

http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/raw-superfoods.aspx

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