The Other Wheat
These days, everything wheat-related is getting a bad rap now that people are aware of the negative effects of gluten and overly processed grains. Maybe that's why in the United States buck"wheat" has not taken off as a nutrient-rich food as it has in other counties such Eastern Europe, India and Japan. Buckwheat is actually not a wheat product at all, but a gluten-free speudo-cereal. Now with the cool weather upon us, it is the perfect time to start introducing buckwheat into your lives. It's a great grain for the winter months as it contains high levels of cold-fighting minerals such as zinc, copper, manganese and potassium. Bottom line, incorporating buckwheat into your diet can help you stay fit, agile and healthy.
Are you looking for a new delicious protein that's 100% vegan? Out of all of the grains, buckwheat also provides a very high level of protein, on par with quinoa and oats. Not only is buckwheat protein well-balanced, it's also rich in lysine and amino acid, both of which improve muscle and bone health and development. Not excited quite yet?... here are some other convincing benefits that may have you planning your next buckwheat inspired meal.
Good For Digestion:
The neutral thermal properties of buckwheat help to cleanse and strengthen the intestines, helping with constipation and diarrhea.
Draws out Water:
Buckwheat is found to have a diuretic effect on the body, drawing out the excess fluids and water from the swollen areas of your body.
Lowers Blood Pressure:
Buckwheat contains high amounts of rutin. Rutin can be obtained from the leaves of the buckwheat plant and helps to thin the blood and improve circulation.
When consumed regularly, buckwheat reduces the risk of high cholesterol and hypertension. It can also lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL, (good cholesterol), helping prevent and control excess body fat.
Buckwheat is a rich source of flavonoids, which act as an antioxidant, protecting you from diseases derived from inflammation.
Lowers Blood Sugar:
Buckwheat can lower the levels of glucose and insulin, which satisfy your hunger and prevents diabetes.
Low in Calories:
Buckwheat is high in inositol (a simple simple carbohydrate under the B vitamin group), which makes it a low-calorie and well-balanced food. Buckwheat lowers fat accumulation and can help maintain the body’s metabolic rate.
Natural Fat Alternative:
Buckwheat is great for healthy baking! Buckwheat starch acts as fat when used in baking, turning a deliciously moist pastry into a vegan's dream come true.
Hair and Skin Health:
Buckwheat is rich in B complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and folate. These essential vitamins promote healthy skin and hair. In addition, the rutin content in buckwheat reduces the signs of premature aging and the polyunsaturated fatty acids can enhance your skin’s elasticity Buckwheat also contains high-quality protein and amino acids that are required for healthy hair and nails.