Monday, November 2, 2009

Amazing Teff - Nutritious grain for special diets

For those of you who have not yet discovered teff, the gluten free grain from Ethiopia, now is definitely the time. Though many GFCFSF (gluten, casein and soy free) families of autistic spectrum children are frequently baking with rice and potato flours, teff is often forgotten, though it may well be the most nutritious GF grain you can ask for. It boasts higher protein than wheat and has double the iron that wheat and barley have. A cup of teff gives you 40% of the RDA for calcium and is high in zinc and fiber too. Best of all, it goes so well in muffins and pancakes, which most kids are more than happy to eat. Just be sure that when you buy your teff flour, that it is certified gluten free (i.e. hasnt been processed in a plant which processes gluten grains).