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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What is Buckwheat and It's Nutritional benefits?

What is buckwheat?  It is not wheat.  It is not even a grain.  It is a fruit seed from a plant in the rhubarb and sorrel family.  We see it in two main forms.  One is buckwheat groats which is also known in the US as Kasha.  The second is buckwheat flour.

Why should it be part of our diets?  There are several nutritional benefits that come with making buckwheat part of your diet.
  1. It is known to lower the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease.  This is because of the phytonutrients it contains.  One serving of of buckwheat contains 34% of the manganese you need on a daily basis.  this helps protect your heart.
  2. Unlike processed wheat buckwheat will not raise your blood glucose levels quickly.  It digests slowly and releases glucose at a steady rate.  One serving contains 21% of your daily needed magnesium which helps control blood glucose levels.
  3. It contains insoluble fiber that helps prevent gallstones.  One serving contains 4.54 grams of fiber.  Not only does that fiber prevent gallstones, it also helps prevent colon cancer.
  4. In addition to the above, one serving contains 28% of the copper you need on a daily basis.  Also potassium to control water and acid in your blood and tissue.  Zinc to boost you immune system.

It has a higher level of protein than grains you may use.  However, the protein is not easily assimilated by our bodies.  So it can not be viewed as a significant source of protein.

Not only is eating buckwheat good for our health, it is also good for the environment.  How?  Buckwheat is sown among other crops to help control weeds. That means chemical weed control is diminished.  It is also sown in areas to control soil erosion.  The most important aid it gives to the environment, is that it provides food for honey bees.  If we feed the honey bees with buckwheat, they help with the pollination of other plant life.  Plant life we need.

I will be posting recipes that use buckwheat in the future.  Watch for them and you can easily make buckwheat part of you balanced, healthy diet.

INTERESTING YET USELESS FOOD FACT:  100 lbs. on dry cleaned buckwheat gives us 60 to 75 lbs. of flour and 18 to 26 lbs. of hulls.



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