Making Carbs count: Counting carbs for the diabetic diet

LIVINGLIVING MAKING CARBS COUNT

Little known the UK, teff is a tough and nutty little grain that has great

benefits as a wholegrain that can be cooked in a variety of ways.

THE GOING

GETS TEFF

In a post by Ari Patel for The

Huffington Post Canada, he

describes teff as 'the super

tiny grain with the not-so-tiny

power.' Grown in Ethiopia

and used to make the country's injera

(sourdough flatbread), it's a small grain

with a long list of health benefits - and is

another product being called a superfood.

Along with being gluten-free, it's high

in iron and is known to reduce PMS

symptoms for the ladies, and can help

anyone interested in weight loss. Plus, it's

an ideal option for vegetarians looking for

sources of protein.

For people with diabetes, adding teff

to your diet should help control blood

sugar levels as teff it has a relatively low

glycaemic index (GI), so you should not

get 'spikes' after eating it. Low in sodium,

low in fat and very low in saturated fat, it

tastes good and you can do a lot with it.

Looking very much like poppy seeds, teff

has a nutty, grainy taste and texture that

can add dimension to your recipes and

cooking. A versatile grain, it can be eaten

whole, steamed, boiled or baked. Use it

as a side dish or add to salads, or buy teff

flour to bake with. Usually only available

from specialist food stores, teff is now

grown commercially in the USA, which will

slowly increase international availability.

According to the BBC Food website,

"This tiny grass seed is a staple food in

Ethiopia and Eritrea. The seeds produce

a harvest proportionally hundreds of times

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