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The Super Grain Teff: 6 Nutritional & Healthy Benefits

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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…

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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