A lot of people mistake buckwheat as a part of the oats family, but it is actually a fruit grain. Buckwheat has triangular seeds – which are more similar to edible sunflower seeds than cereals.
This nutritious fruit grain contains starch, proteins, minerals, aromatic compounds and antioxidants. Buckwheat is a good source of manganese, trytophan, magnesium and dietary fibers.
There are a lot of health benefits that you can gain from this ‘good grain’. Buckwheat helps prevent cardiovascular disease, since it helps regulate your blood pressure and cholesterol level. If diabetes runs in your family, it is a good idea to include buckwheat in your diet since it helps control your blood sugar level. It is also effective against gallstones, breast cancer and asthma.
If you have no idea how to prepare buckwheat, they can actually be combined with wheat flour when baking. You can also include buckwheat with other grains like oatmeal for a hearty breakfast, and they can be used in combination with main dishes and salads.