ALL ABOUT BUCKWHEAT

Technically, buckwheat is not a grain. Like quinoa and amranth, buckwheat is ranked in a “pseudo-grain” group, because of its nutritional profile, nutty flavour, appearance and culinary applications, they are commonly referred to as a grain. This amazing food dates back to 6000 BCE where it popped up as a staple crop in Southeast Asia. It then became highly valued for its nutritional content and spread throughout Asia and Europe. Today it is found all over the world and has taken the place of many traditional grains.

TYPES OF BUCKWHEAT

Groats and four are the two popular forms in the market 

GROATS

Are dehulled buckwheat kernels. The groats are used mainly as a groat in granola which is simply the term used to identify a whole grain since it still retains the nutritional benefits that many grains are stripped of during their processing.

FLOUR

May be used to make gluten free crepes and pancakes. Buckwheat flour also works well as a thickener for sauces, soups and casseroles.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Buckwheat is a very nutrient-rich, gluten-free plant source for a wealth of health benefits.

1 ounce of Buckwheat provide

  • 2.8g Dietary fiber (11% DV)

  • 2mg Vitmain B3 (10% DV)

  • 64.7mg Magnesium (16% DV)

  • 129mg Potassim (4% DV)

  • 0.3mg Copper (15% DV)

Prevent heart disease

One of the most important qualities of buckwheat is its high levels of phytonutrients, particularly flavonoids. Rutin, one of the most important flavonoids found in buckwheat, lowers the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood, and keep platelets from clotting, which can lead to atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. Rutin also increases the level of HDL (good) cholesterol, which further reduces chances of cardiovascular disease.


Rich source of protein

Buckwheat is one of those valuable plant-based foods that contain high-quality proteins, meaning that it has all eight essential amino acids, including lysine. Some of the benefits that complete proteins have are their ability to help you lose weight by helping you feel full faster. They provide extra energy boosts and studies have shown that they increase cognitive ability. Finally, they help slow down the natural decrease in muscle strength and mass, called sarcopenia.

Diabetes Management

Buckwheat are a great source of magnesium, which is an essential part of nearly 300 enzymes in the human body, including those that affect the body’s use of glucose and insulin formation and release. High levels of magnesium have been associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Improves Digestion

Buckwheat has a high level of fiber, which adds bulk to your bowel movements, helping to move them through the digestive tract, and stimulating peristaltic motion, the muscle contraction of your intestines. Fiber can reduce your chances of more serious gastrointestinal issues, even colon, and gastric cancer. It can also help to reduce irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea.

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