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Despite it’s name, buckwheat is totally gluten-free and completely unrelated to wheat! In fact you may be surprised to learn that it’s not a grain at all but actually is related to plants like rhubarb and chard. Buckwheat is often referred to as a ‘pseudograin’ because it can be used the same way as many grains, including ground into a flour product.
Thanks to a high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids, buckwheat has a variety of notable health benefits. Most notably, it has a great protective effect on cardiovascular health by protecting against the development of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. In fact, a study of the Chinese population who have a diet high in buckwheat found that the diet was associated with lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher HDL (healthy) cholesterol!
Buckwheat is also very low glycemic when consumed whole as groats. Whole buckwheat groats are very satisfying thanks to their high fiber content and slow digestion. As a whole grain, it is associated with lowered rick of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and many other diseases.
Buckwheat is truly a superfood in it’s own right and is easily incorporated into your daily diet for breakfast, lunch or dinner!