Last updated: 7.56pm, Tuesday 8th March 2016
Well, maybe we do not want you to turn into a mass of groats, specifically, but the sentiment is correct, nevertheless! Buckwheat is slowly making its way towards limelight, alongside of quinoa, millet and other popular foods and deservedly so. If we had to make financial prognosis, we would definitely advise investment managers to look at this hot commodity, as it prepares to be the next best thing in everyone’s plate, which should drive its prices up there with the Peruvian supernova, quinoa. But let’s explain why you, the consumer, should be paying attention to this little gem first.
Like quinoa, buckwheat is a nutrient-rich, pseudo-cereal. This means that though it looks like a grain, it is not strictly speaking that. In fact, buckwheat can be safely consumed by people with gluten intolerance and those, suffering from Celiac disease.
Additionally, buckwheat helps shed unwanted weight, despite its appearance as a bona fide carb, which many dieters shun with disdain. Buckwheat is full of protein (higher, in fact than quinoa), fibre, plant-based mono-saturated fats and minerals. In reality, buckwheat contains 3 or 5 times more minerals than any other type of grain and at least 1,5 times more fibre than rice, barley and oats. All the above make it a highly filling, yet diet-friendly food. But be careful with portion sizes, as it is calorie-rich.
The buckwheat grain has further, more dramatic health benefits that extend beyond your desire for a slim waistline, however.
Flavonoids, as well as vitamin B17 are hailed to have anti-cancerous properties and are present in buckwheat in high concentration.
Furthermore, B17 is known for its anti-rheumatic, antiseptic and analgesic properties, as well as its ability to combat benign warts, cysts and tumours.
On a lighter note, buckwheat is a natural antioxidant. This means that it helps keep your skin smoother, since Antioxidants are powerful anti-ageing fighters. For now, let’s just say that except keeping your face young, they work on the inside, too, boosting your immune system and keeping your body healthy and functioning like a well-oiled machine. Buckwheat has 75 times more Antioxidants than rice, which is another highly beneficial food item that carries multiple advantages.
With a comprehensive skincare regime, incorporating high quality ingredients that reverse effects of environmental and other damage, as well as a balanced diet, complete with regular consumption of buckwheat, you kill more than a couple of birds with one stone.
So turn your gaze towards the humble buckwheat at your next weekly shopping trip and don’t look back!