Teff’s nutritional features
A tiny, highly nutritious seed with origins in the Horn of Africa.
The tiny size of a teff seed belies its substantial nutritional weight.
With the widespread interest in the so-called “ancient grains,” defined as unaltered through selective breeding or other genetic modifications, teff is gaining fans in the rest of the world too.
Although technically a seed from teff functions as a whole grain, similar to barley, wheatberries, and quinoa. Unlike wheat, teff, a type of millet, is a gluten-free grain choice suitable for most people with celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten.
Though it’s more expensive than other whole grains, due to the difficulty of harvesting the smallest grain in the world, proponents of teff cite its unbeatable nutritional value as worth the extra cost.
Similar to most grains, teff is often described as nutty in flavor. More specifically as similar to hazelnuts, with a hint of chocolate in the darker variety.
Teff is the only grain with vitamin C, providing 88 mg per serving – within the 65 to 90 milligrams per day recommended for most adults. Rich also in Vitamin B.
Teff delivers 25 percent of the daily value for magnesium, 20 percent for iron, and 10 percent for calcium.
Teff supplies potassium, phosphorus, zinc and copper.
- Vitamin C: Queen of Vitamins to increase the immune system
- Vitamin B: ensures the immune system functions normally
- Magnesium: Vital to the proper functioning of the muscles and to the energy metabolism.
- Iron: makes more resilient bones and helps the functioning of muscles
- Calcium: to strengthen bones.
- Potassium: vital for the communication between the nerves and the muscles.
- Phosphorus: promotes the proper functioning of the muscular system, especially of the nervous.
- Zinc: to keep cells young and active
- Copper: relevant detoxifying agent
Stimulates brain activity
Low glycemic index
Higher energy intake
Increases strengthens defenses