Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Buckwheat...more than just a Little Rascal's Character...
Buckwheat...really, how much buckwheat do you think you get in your diet? I'm guessing, if you are anything like me...not much.
Buckwheat is usually considered a grain like wheat, rye, etc., but buckwheat is different than other grains. It is actually a seed of a fruit, similar to rhubarb! Buckwheat contains one very special nutrient called "rutin". This rutin helps lower LDL cholesterol and maintain blood flow.
Buckwheat is also high in manganese, tryptophan, magnesium and fiber and is LOW IN CALORIES!!! It is also believed to help regulate blood sugar levels. You can crack it to make a healthy cereal, roast it, or put it in pancakes, bread or other baked goods. This is one power-packed grain!!!
FYI...Buckwheat has NO GLUTEN...so if you know someone with a problem digesting gluten...refer them to buckwheat! (It isn't really wheat!!!)
Stay tuned...I'll soon be giving you a recipe using buckwheat...it goes back to our old friend the cracked nine-grain cereal...so if you don't have any...go buy it!!!