Forgotten for decades, this gluten-free pseudo-grain is back in the limelight thanks to its unique nutritional properties. Let’s discover together why it should never be missing from our tables!
Buckwheat has been a staple human food for centuries, perhaps for millennia. It was one of the most commonly consumed cereals in the Middle Ages, only to be replaced by the common wheat. Its name contains an inaccuracy and a lot of history at the same time.
In fact, buckwheat is not a real cereal. It is considered as such because its characteristics make it very similar to the cereals we all know, although it formally belongs to another family of plants. Buckwheat is a spontaneous wild plant that was found commonly in Siberia and Manchuria, and was introduced to the West in the Middle Ages.
The Italian name for buckwheat (Saracen Wheat) derives from the history of its importation. According to some historians, this precious pseudo-grain came to Italy through the Saracens, that is the people who at the time inhabited the Arabian peninsula and Turkey.
After centuries of enormous success, thanks to its remarkable nutritional properties, buckwheat has fallen into disuse due to its reduced productivity compared to the common wheat. But in recent times, buckwheat has returned to be a main protagonist of nutrition for two reasons: it is easy to grow and has exceptional nutritional properties.
Buckwheat: unique properties!
Here are 10 good reasons to consume buckwheat every day:
It does not contain gluten and can be consumed by coeliacs and those who are gluten intolerant. Thanks to this characteristic and its other properties, buckwheat is easily digestible.
Contains all the 8 essential amino acids that our body needs as the building blocks of our cells, and for its main vital functions.
Its proteins have a high biological value, which means that the protein can be easily absorbed and assimilated into our own bodies.
Compared to real grains, buckwheat contains a lot of lysine, an amino acid very important for the health of the skin, tissues and our immune system. It is one of the components of collagen and keratin!
Is rich in fibre, which promotes intestinal regularity and stimulates the health of intestinal bacterial flora.
Buckwheat is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium and B vitamins.
Has a low glycemic index, which does not cause blood glucose peaks and is therefore suitable for diabetics, children. Consumption of buckwheat lowers glycemia in diabetics.
Contains the compound rutin, an antioxidant polyphenol that reduces inflammation and lowers blood pressure.
Eating buckwheat regularly can lower bad cholesterol.
According to a 2005 study, buckwheat trypsin enzyme has antimicrobial, antibacterial effects and could protect against diabetes, hypertension and tumors!
That’s why one of the main ingredients of our Buddha’s Awakening and Little Buddha breakfasts is high quality, organic, cold-milled buckwheat. Our instant breakfasts can be made in just 1 minute. Just mix 3 tablespoons of these breakfast mixes with some hot or cold milk or milk alternative, water or your favourite drink! You will get a nutritious and super-healthy porridge to start your day in style. Try all the flavours: each variety has a different superfood added for extra benefits!