The Super Grain Teff: 6 Nutritional & Healthy Benefits

Gwyneth Paltrow is never shy about plugging her favorite diet and fitness products. While many of her claims (I’m looking at you jade eggs) may be a bit questionable, it turns out her love of a certain tiny grain, known as teff, actually has reputed health benefits. Yes, I double checked, these benefits are actually backed by real scientific evidence.

Teff, which hails from Ethiopia, has some pretty impressive benefits for such a tiny grain (about the size of a poppyseed). The superfood used to make injera (a type of sourdough flatbread), can be considered a superfood for it’s many offerings. For instance, teff is vegetarian and gluten-friendly, and it’s also been linked to blood sugar control, and more…

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1. Blood Sugar Control

According to DiabetesSelfManagement.com teff can be considered among the best grains for blood glucose control. The source explains that teff is a slow-digesting carbohydrate. And, much like spelt, this grain has a low glycemic index, which means that it’s less prone to causing a spike in blood glucose after consumption.

For diabetics, teff can help control blood sugar levels because it’s a resistant starch. And due to it’s rate of slow digestion, teff fills you up longer and can be an aid as far as healthy weight maintenance.

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