Buckwheat – 9 reasons why you should insert it into your menu

Buckwheat

buckwheat

9 reasons why you should insert it into your menu

  1. It is rich in dietary fiber.
  2. Contains eight essential amino acids.
  3. Rich in minerals: phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.
  4. Rich in flavonoids.
  5. Reduces sugar level in the blood, therefore it is favorable for diabetics.
  6. Reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  7. Contains no gluten, therefore those who are allergic can use it too.
  8. Maintains the health of the cardiovascular system.
  9. Reduces the risk of cancer.

*Buckwheat originates from Asia.

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*It was being cultivated in China from 10 – 13th century, afterwards, it spread to Europe and Russia and later to America.

*Nowadays, it is most popular in Russia and Poland, where plays a significant role in the traditional cuisine. * It is used big time in USA, Canada and France – a country known by “krepr” – pancakes made of buckwheat flour.

*Although buckwheat is thought to be a cereal, it is not so.

*In the culinary, buckwheat is considered a cereal because of it nutritional value but it actually botanically belongs to the category of vegetables and it is sometimes placed in the category of fruits.

*Buckwheat seeds are similar in size with wheat seeds and have a unique triangular shape.

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*Buckwheat flowers are very aromatic because of which bees are attracted to them and use them for making a special dark colored honey which has an intense odor and specific medicinal properties.

*Buckwheat is often used as a substitute for rice, or it is prepared as porridge.

*Buckwheat does not contain gluten and that is what makes it favorable for those allergic to it.

*Buckwheat flour is also in use, it can have a darker or a lighter color. The darker flour contains more nutrients.

*Buckwheat flour is used for making pancakes, which are a real delicacy.

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