5 Reasons you should add Teff to your Diet
#1 It is proven to improve physical performance
Teff is the secret behind many elite athletes, including long distance runners and professional boxers. Rich in iron and complex carbohydrates, teff is a natural energy boost and has been proven to improve physical endurance by 25%. Read our article, Harvest of Champions for more info on this.
#2 It aids weight management
Teff is high in fibre and a relatively low GI grain. Eating foods that are high in fibre keeps you feeling fuller for longer, and foods with a lower GI help you to avoid sugar crashes that often cause cravings for sugar-filled treats.
#3 It boosts your gut microbiome
Father of modern medicine, Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut”. There are many reasons improving your gut health is important for overall health- good gut health has been linked to strong immunity, ability to maintain a healthy weight, and good mental health amongst other things. Teff contains resistant starch, a particular type of fibre that acts as a prebiotic, feeding good bacteria in your gut.
#4 It supports strong immunity
To stay fit and fight off diseases, it is essential your body has access to all the nutrients it needs. Teff is a whole grain which means it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals to help your body function optimally. Brown teff in particular has been found to activate the white blood cells, macrophages which initiate the immune response.
#5 It’s a planet-friendly crop
As well as being great for the health of people, teff is a good crop for the planet. Although teff uses more space per kilo of yield of wheat, it uses far less water, is a hardy crop that can grow in poor soils, and requires no pesticides or chemical fertilisers. Teff is also a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets as it’s a good source plant-based of protein.