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The Health Benefits of Gluten-free Teff Grain

Teff can be consumed without any worry by celiacs and gluten-sensitives. Read on for the benefits of teff grain and a teff bread recipe!

Gliadines in gluten can cause minor to severe reactions, which results in  a wide range of complaints, from gluten sensitivity causing imbalanced hormonal levels and skin problems, to auto-immune disease celiac, causing more severe health problems. Teff grain is a gluten-free grain that can be used to substitute gluten containing grains and so, would make a perfect flour to bake your own gluten-free bread!


Teff (also known as  lovegrass, and annual bunch grass) is an ancient Etheopian grain, actually a kind of grass, which, due to its lack of gluten, can be used without any worry by celiacs and gluten-sensitives. It is also free of phytic acid; an acid that prevents absorption of important nutrients.

Teff is the smallest grain in the world and comes in colors ranging from white to dark red, which amongst others determines its flavor; light colored teff has a chestnut-like flavor, the darker variety has an earth like,  hazelnut flavor.


Although a teff grain is very small and most gluten-free grains tend to lack fiber, teff is full of it. Besides fiber, teff is full of iron – with red containing the highest amount of iron -, which is easily absorbed by the body, helping control blood sugar levels.

Teff is furthermore rich in protein (more than wheat) with an excellent amino acid composition; lysine levels are higher than those of wheat or barley.

The carbohydrates in teff are slowly absorbed by the body, which prevents large fluctuations of the blood sugar level. Besides providing you with iron, fibers, protein and carbs, teff provides you with the following nutrients:


  • calcium

Prevents weight gain and promotes fat burn, soothes PMS complaints,  is associated with the prevention of colorectal, ovarian and breast cancers, promotes heart health, regulates muscle contraction/relaxation and is an important nutrient in bone and dental health, especially for women in their menopause, decreasing the risk of developing osteoporosis.

  • phosphorous

Improves digestion and excretion of toxins, energizes, regulates and balances hormones, thereby i.e. relieving menopausal and PMS symptoms, promotes bone and dental health, produces protein (repairs tissue) and improves concentration and mental activities.

  • copper

Has anti-inflammatory properties, protects skeletal, nervous and cardiovascular systems, protects against early graying of dark-colored hair,  plays an important role in collagen synthesis, which is crucial to skin elasticity, prevents premature ageing, promotes brain health, helps to absorb iron and utilize sugar, is crucial for energy production, ensure proper functioning of thyroid glands, produces red blood cells, ensures better wound healing, reduces cholesterol and catalyzes reactions to nervous system functioning.

  • barium

According to alternative medicine, barium benefits the body by strengthening the immune system and improve digestion, treating symptoms of stress or anxiety. 

  • thiamin/vitamin B1

Thiamins plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous and cardiovascular functioning of the body, helps to converse carbohydrates for energy production and breaks down fats and protein. At the same time it maintains muscle tone, which is especially important for those that carry out a cardio workout regularly. Thiamin furthermore promotes digestive tract , healthy skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver. Thiamin is also known as an “anti-stress” vitamin.


Teff is, besides useful in gluten-free baking bread, a great soup thickener, can be used in stews, gravies and puddings and can be used in stir-fry dishes.

Keep in mind that teff flour doesn’t rise as much as regular, gluten-containing flours, so when baking a bread, it will be more compact than these flours.

Teff can be purchased in organic stores, my webshop or Vitaminstore (€ 7,55 per kilo).


Here‘s a bread recipe  containing teff flour.




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  1. Very useful post. Thank you so much for writing this post! I like whole grains, B-vitamins are a big part of whole grains; B-vitamins include niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin. These nutrients play a key role in keeping up a healthy metabolism as well as a healthy immune system.

  2. You’ve got great tips! Skincare should vary depending on the weather, I agree, but do you have any suggestion of a product or products that you can use anytime on any type of weather? I’m trying to de-clutter and I badly need versatile skin care treatments. Thanks!

  3. Hi there! I’ve been a fan of Teff recipes for quite some time now. I’ve tried teff porridge with dates and apple, teff burgers and teff brownies. It’s a bit different from the usual taste of grain. But since I’ve started my vegan diet, teff is one of my foundation to keep going without meat. Thank you for providing this post, I’ll keep using teff on my diet and it’s my first time knowing about this other health benifits about teff on your blog. My kids is so picky but I want them to maintain a healthy diet. I hope you can also try posting some other recipes about teff grains especially for kids.
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  4. Great article, however, I’m curious about where your information about barium for three reasons:

    1. Barium has not been found to have any role in human biology.

    2. Barium salts can cause over stimulation of the central nervous system actually LEADING to anxiety, not helping prevent it. Not only that, but higher doses can even lead to paralysis and cardiac arrest.

    3. Water soluble barium compounds are actually pretty toxic and insoluble ones have negligible bioavailability.

  5. Hello

    Teff has quite a bit of phytic acid, from 550-850mg per 100 grams.

    Teff Injera, a fermented sourdough bread from Ethiopia is very low in phytic acid, but you must ferment the dough for a long time first.

    Scientific article with useful phytic acid information for Teff and other grains:

    Phytate, zinc, iron and calcium content of selected raw and prepared foods consumed in rural Sidama, Southern Ethiopia, and implications for bioavailability. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 20 (2007) 161–168

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