10 Reasons to Include Buckwheat In Your Diet Plans

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The name buckwheat is misleading because it isn’t related to wheat at all. In fact, buckwheat isn’t a true grain, but rather the fruit of a leafy plant belonging to the same family as sorrel and rhubarb. It is often referred to as a pseudo-cereal, since the grain is used in ways similar to cereal grains. Its name comes from a Dutch word that translates as “beechwheat,” most likely a reference to the plant’s triangular fruits, which resemble beechnuts. Most of us are most familiar with buckwheat flour used to make the pancakes, crepes or noodles (Japanese Soba). Here are 10 reasons why you should give buckwheat a try:

  1. Buckwheat is high in fiber; good for those with constipation.
  2. The protein in buckwheat has all 9 essential amino acids (that the body cannot manufacture), making it closer to being a “complete” protein.
  3. Buckwheat is high in the amino acid lysine, which is used for tissue growth and repair.
  4. Buckwheat is gluten-free so this makes it suitable for those with wheat allergies.
  5. Buckwheat is rich in calcium, iron, vitamin E, and B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper.
  6. The magnesium in buckwheat, helps relaxes blood vessels; helps improve circulation, decrease blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
  7. Buckwheat helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Due to the slower breakdown and absorption of the carbohydrates in buckwheat, this helps to raise our blood sugar levels more evenly. This especially good for those suffering with diabetes by helping to control their blood sugar levels.
  8. Buckwheat is low in calories, good in helping to reduce fat accumulation.
  9. Buckwheat contains rutin, a chemical that strengthens capillary walls.
  10. Buckwheat being high in insoluble fiber, can help women avoid gallstones. It is also protective against childhood asthma.

Sources:
www.buckwheat.com.sg
www.whfoods.com

Buckwheat Cake with Plums

I was going through my pantry recently – early spring cleaning – and I discovered I still had one jar of plums my mum made me. I’ve been eating them whole winter with my morning oatmeal. However, I decided to use the last jar for a cake that I’ve been meaning to make for some […]

via Buckwheat cake with plums — Sleepless in Kirchberg

Buckwheat Chocolate Chunks Cookies

This recipe is quite not conventional but truly damn good, satisfying and Gluten-Free as I’ve used buckwheat flour. It opens a whole new world for cookie making, naturally flavouring the biscuit with a light hazelnut taste and a perfect crumbly texture, crispy outside and softer inside. Buckwheat has plenty of health benefits more than being Gluten-Free including improved digestion, low calories or diminishing diabetes risks. 

Buckwheat Chocolate Chunks Cookies — Scallionist

Fig Tahini Buckwheat Muffins

I have been blessed with an abundance of homegrown, organic figs from my parents and grandparents this Summer, with plenty more to come. They are not only delicious but high in fibre and a source of potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. I also used organic buckwheat flour, unhulled tahini and hemp seeds in this recipe as I love the nutty flavour and nutritional benefits including being good sources of complex carbohydrates, complete protein sources, omega 3 and 6 and fibre.  […]

Fig, tahini and buckwheat muffins (GF) — moments of di

Buckwheat Stuffed Chicken

When I was young (er), we’d eat buckwheat plain, maybe with a piece of meat and sauce, like beef rolls. In recent years, I see it making somewhat of a comeback in Polish cooking. It is being used in salads, stuffing, pierogi or a new dish to me, called “kaszotto” (a Polish version of risotto, which I will also […]

via Buckwheat Stuffed Chicken {Kurczak Nadziewany Kaszą Gryczaną} — Polish Your Kitchen

Buckwheat Pillows – Do they really work?

Are you thinking of buying a buckwheat pillow? Here are some pros and cons to consider.

Pros

Buckwheat pillows are made by stuffing natural buckwheat hulls rather than poly fiber filling, foam or feathers. They have become popular due to their positive beneficial effects on sleep.

Improved Sleep & Better Sleeping Posture
Buckwheat pillows are said to provide better support for the neck and head due to their firmness which provides for a better sleeping posture. The amount of buckwheat hulls is usually adjustable to meet each individual’s preferences.  These make them ideal for those who suffer from neck stress and back pain.

Reduces Muscle Tension

Having enough support for the neck and head aids in helping the neck and back muscles to relax. Additionally, they also reduce muscle tension thus obliterating neck and back pain. Buckwheat pillows have also been known to reduce tension headaches and stress throughout the body.

Reduces Snoring
Again having good support of the neck and head is key in preventing bad sleeping postures and provides proper breathing thus reducing snoring.

Improved Air Circulation
Due to the air spaces between the buckwheat hulls, it encourages air to pass through the pillow thus keep the head cool. Therefore, it provides a more comfortable sleep in hot and humid weather.

Long Lasting

The average buckwheat pillow lasts for around 10 years if maintained properly. If some of the hulls falls out, all you have to do is replace it. This allows you to replace and replenish for many years to come.

Improve your sleeping posture with Buckwheat Pillow

Cons

Buckwheat pillows are considerably hard to find compared to other pillow types.

Buckwheat pillows are harder than normal pillows so it might take some time to get used to it. After that the comfort sets in and you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

There is slight rustling sound when you move your head on the pillow, this might be a turn off for some people. It is recommended to test the pillow at the store first and make sure you are comfortable with the sound.

The buckwheat hulls may have a slight odor that might be uncomfortable for some people. It is recommended to sun your pillow weekly to get rid of the smell.

The buckwheat hulls cannot be washed as they will be destroyed once they get wet. You can only wash the pillow cover.

Cheap, low quality buckwheat pillows may contain uncleaned buckwheat hulls, which may attract bugs. Make sure to buy only from reputable suppliers.

How to clean your Buckwheat Pillow

  1. Remove the hulls from the pillow cover.
  2. Spread the hulls out and let it sun for a few hours.
  3. Meanwhile, wash the pillow case.
  4. Place the buckwheat hulls back in.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Spinach (Recipe)

So today I have a recipe for buckwheat pancakes for you. My basic recipe for sweet vegan crêpes will follow soon, which we also have almost weekly. This time around I made the pancakes with buckwheat flour only, but you can mix it well with another flour like spelt flour.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat is naturally free of gluten because it’s not a grain, but a polygonaceous plant and is even related to rhubarb. It’s a powerhouse of nutrients and provides a high content of fiber and protein. The grains contain three times as much lysine as most other cereals – this essential protein provides strong bones among other things. In addition buckwheat contains plenty of vitamin E and B1 or B2, minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium as well as silicic acid, which is very important for skin and hair.

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via Buckwheat pancakes with spinach — Freistyle

Cheesy Buckwheat and Veggie Casserole (Vegetarian)

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This dish is super simple to make, but an absolute bomb. It’s also a great way to use up any leftovers, especially if you have some precooked buckwheat lying around. You could basically do this with any other grain as well. The casserole itself is very filling and satisfying and can also be prepared in […]

via Cheesy Buckwheat and Veggie Casserole (vegetarian) / Složenac od heljde, sira i povrća (vegetarijanski) — Crunch Crunch Away