7. Make delightful salads by adding cooked buckwheat to green peas etc. along with spices and sauces.
8. In Japan, buckwheat is used to make traditional buckwheat soba noodles.
9. In Russia, buckwheat is used to make a type of pancake called Blinis, which is served with caviar.
11. For bread lovers, try the super healthy homemade Buckwheat and Quinoa Bread
How to store Buckwheat
• Buckwheat has a high fat content, and must be handled properly to avoid rancidity.
• Place buckwheat in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place.
• Buckwheat flour should be always stored in the refrigerator, while other buckwheat products should be kept refrigerated if you live in a warm climate or during periods of warmer weather.
• If stored properly, buckwheat can last up to a year, while the flour will keep fresh for several months.
Nutritional Information of Buckwheat
30 grams of Buckwheat makes one serving.
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Nutritional Information for 30 grams Buckwheat
3.09 grams of Protein
19.53 grams of Carbs
0.72 grams of Fat
4.65 mg of Iron
(Fe) = 23.25% of RDA(about 20 mg for women)
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7 Health Benefits of Buckwheat
1. Lowers Cholesterol
levels: Buckwheat contains a flavonoid Rutin which is a key antioxidant for cardiovascular health.
2. Rich Antioxidant
: Antioxidants are the substances that help in removing the potentially harmful substances called “free radicals” from our body. They prevent or stop cell damage in your body. They help in enhancing your body’s immunity.
3. Rich in Protein
: Buckwheat is a rich plant based source of protein and excellent option for Vegetarians. Buckwheat contains 2 essential amino acids, Lysine and Arginine which is not made from the body but can only be got through food.
4. High Fiber
: One cup of cooked buckwheat has 5 grams of dietary fibre. This helps you feel fuller for a longer time and hence not eat junk food. Fiber is also important for digestive health - insoluble fiber add bulk to the stools and makes waste move through the digestive tract more quickly, which is better for the gut and can help to prevent constipation.
5. Reduces Diabetics
Risk: Buckwheat is a low GI seed which will slow down the release of insulin when consumed and not release to a surge in blood sugar levels. Hence its an excellent option for switching your regular Dosa to having Buckwheat Dosa. This removes the rice from the Dosa which is not good for health.
6. Gluten Free
: Buckwheat works great for those who are Gluten intolerant and those wanting to lead a life of healthy eating.
7. Rich in Minerals : Rich in Manganese, Copper, Magnesium
. Magnesium is required for cellular metabolism while copper plays an important part in iron absorption.
Glycemic Index of Buckwheat
Buckwheat has a Glycemic Index of 55 which is low. Glycemic Index are for foods you eat, ranks carbohydrate-containing foods by how quickly they digest and raise your blood sugar or glucose levels. Foods rank from 0 to 50 are low GI, 51 to 69 are medium and 70 to 100 are high. Foods that are high in GI are not suitable for weight loss and diabetics. Foods like Buckwheat have a low GI and hence don't spike your glucose level as they are absorbed slowly. Great for weight loss and Diabetic friendly.