Buckwheat: Not Wheat

Buckwheat – not a wheat product.

Actually a fruit seed, from a plant similar to rhubarb and sorrel. The nomenclature gods just wanted to mess with us.

Why it’s great:

  • Tonnnnnnes of Manganese – Manganese for your Mitochondria: Engines inside your engines inside your cells in your body.
  • Lots of Magnesium – Magnesium keeps you young! Builds bones, relaxes blood vessels, & improves cardiovascular health.
  • A phytonutrient called Rutin – known for it’s ability to capture free radicals with a single electron! I’m rootin for Rutin!
  • An insane amount of Insoluble Fibre (roughage) – Good for your bowels, your nerves, your gallstones, and your blood sugar levels.

In the flour, the dark bits are the hull of the seed (where a majority of the fibre is) – if consumed in excess it can get a little or a lot uncomfortable in your abdomen. You can get a more refined flour, but I’d suggest to enjoy the dark bits, as they have more nutrients overall. To manage with your digestive capacity, enjoy in moderation. Build up slowly when increasing fibre intake – your body, and belly will thank you for it. If you are eating the whole groat, hulled & roasted Buckwheat groats (aka Kasha), are best.

Store it in the fridge or freezer. Seeds, Nuts and Oils – keep better & longer when cold. In room temperature they are more likely to “go off” or rancid.