I love buckwheat. I used to hate it as a child; we used to have boiled roasted buckwheat occasionally and I think my mum burnt it once… I couldn’t eat it for a long time after that. (Childhood trauma!)
Since then I have discovered raw buckwheat. Whilst I can eat roasted buckwheat nowadays without squirming, raw buckwheat is so much more exciting and I use it abundantly in my kitchen, both in sweet and savoury dishes.
It may surprise you to know that buckwheat is completely unrelated to wheat and is, in fact, a fruit seed. It is therefore completely safe to eat in a gluten-free diet.
Here are 14 reasons to eat buckwheat. I have also included some marvelous recipes!
- Buckwheat is a good source of magnesium, essential for relaxing the body, as well as improving energy levels. Today’s diet is chronically deficient in magnesium which is needed for over 300 bodily processes!
- Buckwheat is a very good source of manganese, a powerful antioxidant needed for healthy bone structure, healthy function of the thyroid and sex hormones as well as effective metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
- Buckwheat is a very good source of tryptophan, the precursor to melatonin, needed for great sleep, and dopamine and seratonin that make you feel happy!
- Buckwheat is low calorie, yet high in fibre making this a filling and satisfying, yet not fattening food.
- Buckwheat is a great source of copper, needed for normal metabolic processes, such as uptake of iron, energy production and ageing. Many specialists believe that we are currently deficient in copper, which we need to consume regularly in our diet.
- Buckwheat contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a whole protein.
- According to research, buckwheat can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
- It has been found that regular consumption of buckwheat may help balance blood sugar and therefore may reduce the risk of diabetes as well as assist in the management of diabetes.
- Thanks to the high fibre content in buckwheat, regular consumption may help prevent or reduce gallstones.
- Buckwheat is high in antioxidants which may reduce the risk of cancer, including colon cancer and breast cancer.
- Studies have shown that buckwheat may significantly reduce the risk of heart disease in both men and women.
- Buckwheat may help reduce symptoms of childhood asthma.
- As buckwheat is gluten free, it is easier to digest for many and is safe for coeliacs.
- Buckwheat may help you live longer!
So now that I've convinced you of the wonders of buckwheat, why not try some of these recipes?!
Here are two to start you off. There will be more in the coming weeks, because I can't get enough of this stuff!
Raw Apple & Rhubarb Crumble
Do you like buckwheat? Have you tried it? What's you're favourite way of eating it?