buckwheat 3478557 960 720We love to exposure our reader to rich content and valuable information, and health and nutrition is always in our radar, besides Brazilian culture and news relevant involving Brazil and the U.S. Now is time again to exposure you to another healthful food that humans should consume. Why so many of us reach for factory made junk is a mystery, when we have at our disposable nature’s perfect plant food gems, and buckwheat is a perfect example.

And what is Buckwheat?

Agriculturists refer to it as a pseudo cereal. While the name leads one to believe the buckwheat plant yields a grain, the fruit of a grass plant with a hard exterior or hull, it does not. It is actually a type of shrub-like plant native to the temperate regions of East Asia. The buckwheat plant is bright green, having broad heart-shape leaves and white flowers, and its seeds are harvested for use.  Currently, buckwheat is cultivated worldwide with most of it growing in China, Japan, and North America. Over 14 species of the plant exist with two of them being cultivated species and the remaining existing in the wild.

Some Important Facts about its Nutritional Content

Buckwheat contains a rich nutritional profile of protein, minerals, and fiber. The protein content of buckwheat as example, exceeds that of oats, one of the best plant sources for protein. Its grains contain high quantities B-complex vitamins, especially riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin (vitamin B3), and contain high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps with digestion and elimination.

It is Gluten free so ideal for those with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity. It is good for diabetics. The high fiber content slows the absorption of glucose in the bloodstream, helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and possibly lowering A1C. It helps heart health. The magnesium content of buckwheat assists with lowering blood pressure building balanced cholesterol levels. And yes, Buckwheat fights inflammation a precursor and symptom of many systemic diseases.

Purchasing and Preparing

buckwheat 4969410 1920Preparation methods for buckwheat groats and kasha include boiling, steaming and baking. The dishes serve the same role in meals as potatoes or rice. Buckwheat flour may also be added to sauces and gravies to give thicken them and give them additional color.

Last Words…

Buckwheat is very versatile and a nutritious plant. This gluten free and nutrient dense food grows quickly making it a plentiful food source. Some people get a skin rash when they eat buckwheat so monitor yourself for sensitivity.  In the U.S. Buckwheat is widely available and lends itself to a variety of preparations such as breakfast cereal, porridge pancakes as well as grain salads, pilafs, Asian Soba noodles, snacks and in baked goods.

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