Buckwheat could be considered the most misunderstood food in the world, largely due to its name. It can be a healthy addition to every raw or cooked food diet, even if you have a gluten intolerance or even celiac disease. Why? Read on to learn the facts about buckwheat and how eating it can improve your health.
Buckwheat Vs. Wheat: What’s the Difference?
Comparing buckwheat to standard wheat could be said to be like comparing apples to oranges, but at least apples and oranges are both fruits. Buckwheat and wheat are as different as apples and …. barley?
Buckwheat is not a grain and not even a close (or distant) relative of wheat. It is a seed of a fruit! It is also 100-percent gluten-free. That makes it not only a great addition to any healthy diet, but an addition that works especially well in a gluten-free or grain-free diet.
Buckwheat’s Impressive Nutritional Profile
Buckwheat is a great seed to add to your diet, because every 100 grams contains a whopping 13 grams of healthy plant protein, three grams of healthy fat, and 10 grams of fiber. This one serving also contains almost 60-percent of your daily requirement of magnesium, and hearty amounts of iron, vitamin B-6, and potassium. Buckwheat is also so packed with antioxidants it is even considered a superfood by many nutritionists.
The Health Benefits Buckwheat
1. Eating buckwheat helps keep your blood sugar stable.
Buckwheat’s nutritional profile makes it a perfect addition to a raw food diet packed with healthy fruit. Some fruits spike blood sugar more than others, and when you accompany a high-GI fruit with buckwheat, it makes a lower-GI meal that digests much more slowly.
2. Buckwheat can ward off anemia.
With each 100 gram serving of buckwheat containing 12-percent of your target daily iron consumption for the day, adding a serving or two of buckwheat to your daily diet, along with iron-rich spinach, beets, and other fruits and veggies.
3. Buckwheat antioxidants ward off disease and inflammation.
Antioxidants defend your body against free radicals that cause cancer and inflammation that causes many other types of diseases and health disorders.
Buckwheat is a healthy addition to every diet, and the whole groats or buckwheat flour can be even be enjoyed by anyone with a gluten-intolerance or on a raw food diet. Don’t be confused by its name, because buckwheat and traditional durum wheat are not even related!