Contrary to general belief, buckwheat is not a cereal grain, but rather a fruit seed that is closely related to rhubarb and sorrel. This makes it an excellent substitute for gluten-containing grains, such as wheat, for people who are gluten-intolerant. Moreover, buckwheat flowers are very sweet-smelling which makes them attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavored, dark honey.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF BUCKWHEAT
Not many people know that this fruit seed is more nutritious than many other grains. Although carbohydrates are its main dietary component, buckwheat is also a rich source of protein and various minerals and antioxidants.
Moreover, the carbs in buckwheat are in the form of starch, which gives this this seed a low glycemic index. That’s why buckwheat doesn’t cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels.
Plus, buckwheat also contains an ample amount of fiber and resistant starch, which is important for your colon health.
Although buckwheat contains small amounts of proteins, these are with a very good nutritional value. Buckwheat is also abundant in amino acids, especially in lysine and arginine. According to research, buckwheat protein can effectively reduce blood cholesterol, inhibit gallstone formation and lower the risk of colon cancer in animals.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BUCKWHEAT
Regular consumption of buckwheat can improve your health on many levels, such as:
- it improves blood sugar balance,
- it reduces high blood pressure,
- it improves blood lipid profile,
- it reduces the risk of cancer, especially colon and breast cancer,
- it improves digestive health,
- it improves immune system health,
- it improves bone health.