Teff: The health benefits of this naturally gluten-free tiny grain

Meera Venugopal
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Teff: The health benefits of this naturally gluten-free tiny grain
Teff: The health benefits of this naturally gluten-free tiny grain

21 Mar 2021: Teff: The health benefits of this naturally gluten-free tiny grain

Teff is a tiny grain that is highly nutritious and naturally gluten-free.

Slowly gaining popularity as a gluten-free substitute, this grain is also being used extensively in gluten-free baking and cooking.

Teff has an earthy, nutty flavor and tends to be slightly sweet as well.

It is also the world's smallest grain and measures about 1/100 the size of a wheat kernel.

Here's more.

Alternative: Is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour

Gluten is responsible for giving wheat dough its elastic texture.

However, few people avoid gluten due to a medical condition called celiac disease, while few others avoid it due to digestion problems.

Not only can teff be worked into the diet as a gluten-free alternative, but studies prove that regularly consuming teff grains also leads to a significant reduction in celiac disease symptoms.

Fiber: Has higher fiber content than wheat and rice flour

Teff has a higher fiber content than wheat and rice flour.

The grain also contains resistant starch, a recently discovered fiber that helps in managing blood sugar, weight, and colon health.

Including teff in the diet helps ease bowel movements and also eases constipation.

So, incorporate teff flour into your diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day for better digestive health.

Anemia: Extremely high in its iron content, good for pregnant women

Iron produces hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs and transports it to the cells.

A decrease in the hemoglobin levels in the body leads to anemia.

Teff is extremely high in its iron content and regular intake of the grain has shown to improve the levels of iron.

It is also linked to a decrease in anemia in pregnant women.

Glycemic index: Has glycemic index of 57, excellent food option for diabetics

Glycemic index is a number between 1 and 100, which indicates the relative rise of sugar levels after consuming a particular food.

Lower glycemic index foods are important for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.

Teff has a glycemic index of 57, which makes it an excellent food option for people with diabetes.

However, portion control is key for those with diabetes.