Buckwheat: The Awesome Alternative
Buckwheat, in contrast to its name, is not actually related to the wheat family of grains. In fact, it’s not even a grain, it’s a fruit seed. That’s why it makes such a great alternative to wheat and gluten containing products for those who have sensitivities. Not to mention, buckwheat is nutritious, delicious and has a low glycemic index. The best part is that this fruit seed can act like a grain in baked goods such as pancakes, crepes and more.
Benefits of Buckwheat:
· Protein rich- contains essential amino acids
· Rich in magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc
· High in fiber
· Good energy source
There have been several studies associating diets that contain buckwheat to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Buckwheat is also better for blood glucose control compared to the typical refined grains. Additionally, buckwheat has phytochemical components (e.g. antioxidant properties) similar to that of fruits and vegetables. These phytochemicals have been linked with lowered risks of many diseases such as CVD and certain cancers.
Try buckwheat pancakes instead of the traditional white, refined, high glycemic, nutritiously devoid versions of pancakes that we are all used to. There are so many options out there when it comes to foods. Why stick to the same common products when there is a whole world of healthy choices to explore?