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Teff: a gluten-free superfood to replace coffee

What is Teff?

Teff is the smallest grain in the world.

It is so small that it takes 150 grains of teff to make 1 single grain of wheat.

It has a pronounced nutty taste, and it is one of the superfoods because it has many nutritional benefits.

Originally from Ethiopia, teff has been a staple in Ethiopian cuisine for centuries. It is used to make injera , a traditional Ethiopian pancake. Also, it is used more and more to make gluten-free beer.

Let's see together its history, its origins, as well as its benefits. In addition, I explain why I chose to roast teff to put it in my whistles .

The history and origins of teff

Just like coffee, teff originates from Ethiopia. Its history dates back more than 3000 years. It was cultivated by the ancient Ethiopians for its nutritional value and its resistance to drought and floods.

Teff was often used to make bread, porridges, and pancakes. Teff grains have different colors depending on the variety. They are red, ivory, or mahogany.

Nutritional Benefits of Teff

Teff is a very nutritious food.

It is rich in dietary fiber, iron, calcium, proteins, and B vitamins.

Its high fiber content contributes to the feeling of satiety, while its iron content helps prevent anemia.

Teff is also an excellent source of calcium. It contains 5 times more calcium than oatmeal.

Teff also contains more protein than other cereals (up to double if we compare to rice).

This cereal is a very good source of antioxidants . However, antioxidants have an important role in the prevention of certain diseases linked to oxidative stress, caused by a sedentary lifestyle, stress, alcohol consumption, etc.

The health benefits of teff

Let's see in detail all the benefits of Teff.

Teff contains manganese. Manganese facilitates 12 different metabolic processes. Here, in brief, are the benefits of manganese:

  • Reduce PMS (pre-menstrual symptoms)
  • Support brain functions
  • Promotes good breathing

Teff is rich in phosphorus, the second most abundant mineral in the human body. Phosphorus has several roles in the body such as:

  • Balancing blood pH (acidity level)
  • Produce energy
  • Necessary for growth
  • Strengthens bones

Teff, a gluten-free alternative

Teff is a close relative of millet and is naturally gluten-free. It is easy to digest, as it does not contain fiber that irritates the intestine. This makes it a great alternative for people with celiac disease, or who have gluten sensitivity. Its texture and nutty flavor make it a versatile ingredient for people following a gluten-free diet.

Why roast teff?

I chose to roast the teff in order to further develop the nutty flavors. When the beans begin to brown, they give off roasted, coffee-like aromas. If the maillard reaction, which allows caramelization, is exceeded, then tastes that are too bitter and burnt will result. Which becomes less interesting to integrate into drinks. This is why I opted for rapid roasting to allow the aromas to come out without having a burnt taste in the mouth.

We find teff in the JAZZ beverage to which I have added other superfoods, such as the maqui berry, for example.

To find out more about Maqui Bay click here .

This original, healthy and gluten-free coffee replacement is perfect for regaining your natural energy.

Contraindications and precautions for consuming teff

To date, there are no risks associated with the consumption of teff. So, it is possible to take this food when you are pregnant.

It is recommended to vary your diet and eat various cereals in order to have all the minerals and vitamins necessary for good overall health. Consuming teff means diversifying your diet to have better health.

As there is no risk in consuming teff, I invite you to taste JAZZ without having any fear.

Let's whistle together while listening to some good old jazz to get in the mood!

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