Buckwheat is a pseudo-cereal that has been providing essential nutrients, vitamins, energy, and ﬁber to humanity since many centuries.
Despite its name, it is not related to wheat and it’s actually a naturally gluten-free whole grain playing an important role in gluten-free diets.
Buckwheat contains high levels of trace minerals very important for our health, such as zinc, potassium, copper, and manganese, available in a form that can be easily absorbed by our body.
It also has a very high level of protein, and soluble ﬁber, helping to slow down the rate of glucose absorption. This can be important for people with diabetes and anyone else trying to maintain balanced blood sugar levels. While most of the starch in buckwheat is readily digestible, the small portion that is resistant (about 4-7%) can be highly advantageous to overall colon health and be effective against constipation.
Buckwheat’s groats contain rutin, a particular bioﬂavonoid (flavonoids are naturally occurring plant pigments in red, purple-red, and purple) thought to help control blood pressure as well as to possess anti-inﬂammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Bottom line? Having buckwheat in our diet can help us stay ﬁt and healthy.
Try these delicious and healthy recipes with buckwheat:
***Although buckwheat is usually well tolerated, if you are new to its use it is advisable to try first in small quantities in order to exclude any adverse reaction