Buckwheat has been getting more popular and people are realising that it is more than a simple staple. People have been asking, is buckwheat flour healthy and does buckwheat flour have gluten?
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Is buckwheat flour healthy?
Buckwheat has been getting more popular and people are realising that it is more than a simple staple. People have been asking, is buckwheat flour healthy and does buckwheat flour have gluten? Firstly we should tell you a bit about Buckwheat and answer those questions as we go along.
Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a seed called groats and is a pseudocereal crop, related to sorrel and rhubarb. As Buckwheat is a seed and not a grain, it contains no gluten and can be used as an alternative to wheat flour in pasta, noodles, baking and other foods that we would traditionally use wheat flour in.
In Central and Eastern European diets, the hulled kernel’s, when dry roasted are known as Kasha. They are used similarly to whole barley or rice and eaten as cereals or made into a porriage. Buckwheat can be eaten whole or ground into flour and used in cooking and baking. Did you know that Kasha is also the name used for mixed grain cereal porridge?
Buckwheat as a crop
Buckwheat crops can be grown in acidic and unfertilized soils. The crops are sometimes used to keep weeds at bay. The crops help to keep soil erosion down during crop rotation and during the field rest periods.
Buckwheat is sown in June to grow during summer months in the northern hemisphere. The crop blooms for several months, producing valuable nectar for bees providing late season honey. After the groats are harvested the stalks can be tilled into the ground helping to retain moisture in the soil or can be dried and stored for stock feed.
Recently, I was asked, ‘what is Chia seeds good for? (or what are Chia seeds good for?) These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and really healthy for you. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) contain good fats, fibre, vitamin, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants.
Nutrients in Buckwheat
When asked, is buckwheat flour healthy the answer would be a resounding yes, as it is a great source of fibre, high in antioxidants, and provide a rich supply of nutrients including high levels of zinc, copper and manganese compared to other cereal grains. It also contains potassium which is known to help maintain water and acid in the blood and tissue cells.
After oats, buckwheat has a high level of protein, is rich in lysine and has one of the highest plant amino acid scores of 100. Evidence has shown that the protein in buckwheat can be difficult to digest so although it is a good for adults; it is a less ideal source of protein for children and people with digestive issues. As we should get our proteins from a variety of sources it can be added to our varied diets with ease. I like the add buckwheat and chia seeds to my oats for breakfast.
Fiber in buckwheat
In 2001, a Slovenian study was conducted, to identify the nutritional benefits of Buckwheat. The participants consumed boiled buckwheat groats or bread made with at least 50% of buckwheat flour. After a meal (post prandial) it showed that buckwheat induced a lower blood glucose, making it low GI (Glycemic Index) and insulin resistance response than white wheat bread.
A study over a two month period showed that the consumption of buckwheat helped lower insulin resistance and helped to control blood sugar levels. As buckwheat is high in soluble fibre it assists in slowing the rate of glucose absorption which is also good for diabetics.
Buckwheat has been found to have several health benefits, including:
- Helps Prevent and Manage Diabetes
- Helps Improve Heart Health
- Helps Lower LDL Cholesterol
- Stabilises Blood Pressure Levels
- Helps lower inflammation
- Helps Improve Digestion
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Is buckwheat flour healthy?
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Uses for Buckwheat
Buckwheat has many uses. Due to it’s many health benefits it is often used as a medicine or preventative medicine. The pollen from the buckwheat flowers are collected by bees to make honey. Buckwheat grout has been used as an alternative to grains in gluten free beers. You can even buy buckwheat pillows.
We spend a third of our lives in bed, so having a suitable pillow is essential for a good night sleep. The zipper on the pillow case allows you to add/remove the Buckwheat hull filling to a suitable thickness. The pillow contours to your head and neck for extra support and comfort, and may reduce snoring, tension, neck pain, headaches and ear pain for side sleepers. Buckwheat are hypo-allergenic (not likely to cause an allergic reaction) and environmentally friendly.
Resistant starch in buckwheat
Resistant starch in foods occurs naturally. In healthy people, when it enters the small intestine, it has a similar effect as dietary fibre, functioning as a mild laxative and may cause flatulence if over consumed.
In consideration of the questions, is buckwheat flour healthy and does buckwheat have gluten is evidenced by the information given by http://nutritiondata.self.com on their nutrient content page and its uses in whole foods and cooking. Buckwheat flour is nutritious and energising. The beneficial effects of buckwheat have made this little seed a highly effective “Superfood”. When consumed regularly, buckwheat helps reduce the risk of
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