Buckwheat also known as kuttu in India is a pseudocereal, which means it’s not a cereal or a whole grain, however, it is consumed like one. Buckwheat is not a cereal nor a member of the grass family. It is related to rhubarb, sorrel, and knotweed. Despite its name, it is not closely related to wheat.
Health Benefits of Buckwheat (Kuttu)
Buckwheat is becoming popular nowadays, due to its nutty, earthy flavor. It is packed with fiber and is also gluten-free. Buckwheat is a highly nutritious whole grain. It is also considered a superfood. The high antioxidant and fiber content of Buckwheat is linked with many health benefits.
Buckwheat seed helps in reducing inflammation and it also lowers the LDL (Bad cholesterol) levels in the body. Lower LDL levels are essential in keeping the heart in a healthy state. A phytonutrient called rutin is an antioxidant. It is found in Buckwheat and is responsible for stabilizing blood pressure and reducing cholesterol.
Buckwheat is very low in the glycemic index in comparison to many other whole grains. The carbohydrate content in the body is absorbed while providing it with a steady flow of energy with the help of buckwheat. It also prevents the sudden spike in blood sugar levels. Buckwheat also helps in diabetes management and improves insulin resistance in the body.
Due to being packed with antioxidants and phenolic compounds, buckwheat helps in preventing certain types of cancer. Flavonoids like oligomeric proanthocyanidins help in protecting the cells from oxidative damages caused by free radicals, which are also found in buckwheat. They also contribute to preventing the spread of cancer.
Source of Protein
Buckwheat is an excellent source of digestible plant protein. Amino acids, the building blocks of protein are found in abundance in buckwheat. It contains 12 kinds of amino acids, which support growth and muscle strength.
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