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What Is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is a nutritious seed. Although most people think it may be a wheat, it’s actually a seed related to sorrel and rhubarb. Hence, why it’s suitable for people with gluten intolerance. Moreover, it’s so highly packed with nutrients and antioxidants that it can be called a “superfood”.
It’s great for cardiovascular or heart health. It has been shown that consuming buckwheat helps lower cholesterol levels by decreasing levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol). It also contains a rich supply of flavonoids. And flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that contain phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
Can Help Prevent Diabetes
The nutrients found in buckwheat helps control blood sugar levels. Because of buckwheats low glycemic levels, you will feel fuller and maintain energy levels for a longer period of time. None of that sluggish, tired feeling.
High In Fiber
For every cup of buckwheat, there are 6 grams of fiber. One reason why you’ll feel fuller and great for your digestive tract.
Source of Plant Based Protein
For every 46 grams (1/4 cup) of dry buckwheat, there are approximately 6 grams of protein. This is higher than any form of rice, wheat or millet. It also contains 12 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein for energy, growth and muscle synthesis. Check out this post here, where I explain the importance of protein.
Where Can You Buy Buckwheat
Buckwheat can be found in most grocery stores. Or you can pickup at a bulk store (ie. Bulk Barn – if you’re located in North America). Any health food store should carry them as well. Additionally, for a quick, hassle free delivery method, you can order here
Preparing & Cooking Buckwheat
Ensure that you wash the buckwheat thoroughly first. For every cup of buckwheat, cook with 2 cups of water. Bring water to a boil first, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until tender (approximately 10 mins). You can drain off any excess liquid. It can then be used in salads, soups, stews, as a replacement for rice or as a breakfast cereal.
Moreover, buckwheat can also be grounded and used as a flour. Below you will find my recipe for buckwheat pancakes.
Note: I do not add sugar to the pancake recipe since I will douse the pancake with maple syrup when eating. You may add maple syrup or coconut sugar to the recipe before mixing all ingredients together.
Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes