What is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat was originally grown in Asia but is now also grown in North America. It has likely been grown in China since approximately 1000 BC.
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Is Buckwheat gluten free?
Yes, it is. People often think Buckwheat is a gluten grain because it contains the word “wheat” in its name but Buckwheat is actually a gluten-free grain. Both the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group consider buckwheat an acceptable food item (Credit Source: naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com).
What are the benefits of Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is low in Saturated Fat, very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese (Credit source: nutritiondata.self.com)
Buckwheat is one of the grains that contains the Total Fatty Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. Now, we know the Total Fatty Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 are NOT only in fish but in grains.
One cup (170g) of Buckwheat contains 583 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 122g Total Carbohydrate, 17g Dietary Fiber, 23g Protein, 133mg Total Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Total Omega 6 Fatty Acids, 0.2mg Thiamin (11%), 0.7mg Riboflavin (42%), 11.9mg Niacin (60%), 0.4mg Vitamin B6 (18%), 51mcg Folate (13%), 2.1mg Pantothenic Acid (21%), 30.6mg Calcium (3%), 3.7mg Iron (21%), 393mg Magnesium (98%), 590mg Phosphorus (59%), 782mg Potassium (22%), 1.7mg Sodium (0%), 4.1mg Zinc (27%), 1.9mg Copper (93%), 2.2mg Manganese (111%) and 14.1 mcg Selenium (20%).
Preliminary evidence suggests that consuming dietary buckwheat may improve long-term glucose tolerance in patients with diabetes and that drinking a buckwheat tea for 3 months may prevent further leg swelling compared with placebo in patients with chronic venous insufficiency. Taking buckwheat 3 grams daily for 3 months may improve visual acuity when compared with baseline in patients with diabetic retinopathy however, more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of buckwheat for these uses (Credit Source: naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com).
DIABETES: Buckwheat might lower blood glucose levels. Theoretically, medicinal amounts of buckwheat might interfere with blood glucose control in patients with diabetes. Dosing adjustments for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents may be necessary. Some antidiabetes drugs include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others (Credit Source: naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com).