What is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is a ‘Super Grain’ full of nourishing vitamins and minerals for your body and gut health. It is part of a group of foods often called ‘pseudocereals’, whereby they are consumed the same way as cereal grains but are in fact seeds. The sneaky buckwheat, isn’t actually related to wheat at all and is completely gluten free, making it a safe alternative for coeliacs or those sensitive to gluten.
The carbohydrates found in buckwheat are low on the Glycaemic Index (Low GI), meaning the complex carbs found in buckwheat are absorbed into the blood stream slower, therefore helping to maintain sustainable energy and blood sugar levels, assisting in the prevention of diabetes.
Buckwheat has a high fibre content made up of cellulose and lignin, which helps to fill you up and improves digestive and colon health by assisting the regulation of bowel movements. The husk of buckwheat contains resistant starch which is resilient to digestion, once it reaches the colon it ferments and the resulting bacteria provides a source of nutrition for the cells in the colon.
This seed contains plant-based proteins providing a source of 12 amino-acids that support growth and energy. Buckwheat is great for vegetarians or vegans as it provides 2 essential amino acids that your body cannot make on its own.
Vitamins & Minerals
This nifty seed is packed full of important vitamins and minerals such as: B vitamins, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron, folate, phosphorus and copper. The body is able to absorb the minerals better when buckwheat is cooked.
Buckwheat provides more antioxidants than most other cereal grains (barley, oats, rye). Buckwheat contains rutin that is an important antioxidant for cardiovascular health. It helps to combat high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It contains antioxidants including flavonoids which are found in the hulls and seeds and remain present in ground buckwheat flour. These super antioxidants assist in protecting DNA from damage against free radicals and helping to prevent any inflammation or cancerous cell formation.
Like other fermented foods and drinks, when buckwheat is fermented it can supply helpful probiotics that are valuable to your gut and colon health and helps to keep the balance of your body’s pH level.
Overall, buckwheat is predominantly effective in helping to improve blood sugar control and maintaining cardiovascular health. Check out our range to find a great selection of foods containing buckwheat that you can easily incorporate into your diet!