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All About Buckwheat with 10 Fabulous Gluten-Free Recipes

You may have heard of “kasha”, but just what is kasha? Kasha is a toasted version of Buckwheat groats. Despite the use of the word “wheat”, Buckwheat, which is gluten-free, is in no way related to wheat. (1) Buckwheat is a “pseudo-grain”, or seed of a plant from Eastern Europe and Russia, related to the rhubarb plant. (1 , 2, 3)

Buckwheat is a wonderful carbohydrate to add to your diet, with many health benefits.

  • A complete protein-making it a wonderful alternative for vegans/vegetarians. (4)
  • Decreased risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure (3)
  • Increase HDL-healthy cholesterol (3)
  • Increased blood sugar control. (3)
  • Helpful in the management of diabetes (3)
  • Prevent gallstones (3)

Buckwheat is a good source of the following nutrients (3):

  • Manganese – 34% RDA
  • Copper-          28% RDA
  • Magnesium    21% RDA
  • Fiber                 18% RDA
  • Phosphorus    17% RDA

So, just where do you find it and how can you incorporate this phenomenal and healthy carbohydrate into your diet? Bob’s Red Mill at Amazon has both Buckwheat Groats an Buckwheat Flour.

To get you started, here are 10 recipes, beginning with a basic “how-to” cook it and a “kasha” recipe.

ENJOY AND BON APETIT!!

From: Natasha’s Kitchen

From: Healthy Maven

From: The healthy Foodie

From: Souvlaki for the Soul

From: The Healthy Foodie

From: Bon Appetit

From: Oh She Glows

From: Jessica Cox

From: Food Doodles

From: Epicurious

 

Source:

  1. http://www.coreperformance.com/daily/nutrition/12-ancient-grains-you-may-have-never-tried.html
  2. http://www.grainfreeliving.com/is-buckwheat-a-seed-or-a-grain/
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=11
  4. http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-Complete-Protein-Inquiring-Vegetarians-Want-Kno-165298
About Tamara Hoerner (802 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

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