Food Product Highlight

Teff

July 18, 2016

Teff

Oatmeal will always be one of our favorite go-to breakfasts. Nothing beats a steaming , healthy and filling bowl of oats! However, there are more porridge-like breakfast options out there. That is why lately we often opt for delicious Teff! This type of grain can be used from breakfast to dinner and it’s especially good for people with gluten intolerance. If you haven’t heard of this special grain before, get to know more about Teff in today’s Product Highlight!

  • Teff is a fine grain about the size of a poppy seed, that comes in a variety of colors, from white and red to dark brown. Teff grows predominantly in Ethiopia and Eritrea and thrives even in difficult climates. The grain has a very mild and nutty flavor
  • The grain is high in dietary fiber which is necessary for a healthy bowel movement and keeps you feeling full longer. The plant material also helps maintain normal cholesterol and sugar levels. One cup of uncooked teff contains 62% of the recommended daily fiber intake!
  • If you try to lower your sodium intake to lower blood pressure and a maintain good heart health, teff is a great addition to your diet. Unprocessed teff is a better alternative compared with pre-processed, cooked teff which often comes with preservatives or additives that are high in sodium. Always check nutritional information!
  • Teff is high in protein with a great combination of eight essential amino acids needed for the body’s growth and repair. It has high amounts of calcium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, thiamin, and vitamin C. The iron from teff is easily absorbed and is also recommended for people with low blood iron levels. Teff is ideal for vegetarians looking for other sources of protein
  • Other than teff porridge in the morning, teff is a versatile product that can be used in all your meals. It can be eaten whole, steamed, boiled or baked. Traditionally, it is used to make Ethiopian injera (sourdough bread). Today, teff is found in a variety of products like pancakes, bread, cereals, snack bars and many other foods

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