Is Buckwheat a Healthy Alternative to Wheat?

white Japanese Buckwheat FlowerWhat is Buckwheat?

First of all it is not related to wheat at all and is not a grain in the normal sense of the word. It is a relative of rhubarb and has been grown for 8,000 years all around the world.

So a lot of people like it!

Buckwheat starts off with a super advantage over wheat – it is gluten free. So although you can be allergic to just about any food with protein in it Buckwheat avoids one of the most important and damaging allergens of all. For those of us who prefer a gluten free diet – simply because we like to feel healthy and energetic, Buckwheat is a major go to food.

It’s a fast food too. Buckwheat can be cooked – yes, cooked not just warmed up in 5 minutes flat.

And is it nutritious?

Let me show you eh?

Buckwheat has all the essential amino acids (unlike wheat) so that makes it more nutritious.

Now read this short quote from the Wiki,

” Crude protein is 18%, with biological values above 90 This can be explained by a high concentration of all essential amino acids, especially lysine, threonine, tryptophan, and the sulphur -containing amino acids”

…and to translate the usual Wiki jargon into English – in Buckwheat we have a high protein, high quality food.

By the way, the mention of sulphur at the end of the quote is important because sulphur helps the liver to detox. So Buckwheat helps us to detox when we include it in our normal diet.

Before we look at how it works out on the dinner plate let’s finish our quick look at more nutritional info on Buckwheat. Rather than go head to head with vitamins and minerals it is better to look at the unique features of Buckwheat – chief among them is the high value of rutin.

Rutin is anti-inflammatory and inhibits platelet aggregation in the blood. This allows better blood circulation in capillaries throughout your body and has been used in connection with hemorrhoids and other vascular problems like varicose veins and to prevent stroke.

You may have noticed various people talking about “Superfoods”, well Buckwheat has a well-deserved place in those lists.

How to cook Buckwheat

Simplest way is just to simmer the groats in water to make a kind of porridge. This is called kasha in Central Europe and is the most basic way of getting the health benefits of Buckwheat easily.

It has a strong taste and goes well with Kidney beans, onions or garlic and greens.

It can also be served cold along with salads or cooked into casseroles easily with a slow cooker or simply in the oven.

buckwheat-noodles-for-dinner-and brocilli-red-onion,wakame-kidnet beansThen there are Buckwheat pancakes, Buckwheat honey and Buckwheat Beer!

Is there no end of the yummy ways Buckwheat can be prepared?

I just remembered one way and it’s in my own kitchen. Duh! It’s Buckwheat Noodles – very important to Japanese cuisine and a normal part of mine too.

Since I just remembered that I had some Buckwheat Noodles in my cupboard I’m having them in 2 hours time with some broccoli, red onion,kidney beans and Wakame. Shown in the picture above! Yum!

Try some – Buckwheat is a powerfully healthy food and a fast food and might fit into your normal diet very easily.

And if you eat Buckwheat already how do you cook and prepare it? Do tell! And please share this post with your Facebook friends – Thanks.

Credits

 

Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, naturaldetoxblog.com is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me

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