buckwheat

If you’re looking for a great way to start your morning off, buckwheat is definitely something that you’ll want to consider.  Buckwheat is a whole grain that is often prepared like rice. The crushed, hulled kernels, called buckwheat groats are usually used in dishes of Russian origin, such as kasha.

Buckwheat works great as a replacement to oatmeal for your morning meal or could even be used to replace rice at the dinner table as well. It’s chalk full of good nutrition so you can feel confident you’re doing your body a huge favor by choosing this.

Good for the cardiovascular system

Buckwheat is great for the cardiovascular system.  Studies show that individuals who consume it on a daily basis have total lower serum cholesterol levels and have more total LDL (good cholesterol) than HDL.

Improves blood flow

Buckwheat is a rich source of magnesium, which will help to improve the blood flow to the body and help to relax the blood vessels.  This can go a long way towards lowering your overall blood pressure, so if that’s an issue you suffer from something that you’ll definitely want to consider. Increased blood flow also helps speed up healing of muscle injuries and decreases foot swelling.

Decreases the risk of developing diabetes

Eating buckwheat as one of your choices for carbohydrates can have a very beneficial effect on blood sugar levels as it appears to keep them more controlled and stable than other carbohydrate sources do.

This goes a long way towards helping to prevent the risk of diabetes development due to the fact that the body will not have to release as much insulin in the system in order to keep the blood glucose levels under control.

You’ll also notice that you maintain a lower level of hunger due to the fact that it does prove to be so satisfying and you don’t get that blood sugar drop like you otherwise may have.

What is buckwheat honey?

Buckwheat honey is a term to describe honey collected bees who collect and process the nectar of buckwheat flowers. This variety of honey is dark in color and characterized by a full, robust flavor. The color is distinct and ranges from a coppery yellow to different shades of purple. Buckwheat honey is usually less sweet than other varieties and tastes similar to molasses.  Any type of locally sourced honey can be a great addition to any diet. It provides a rich source of flavonoids and other phenolic compounds with anti-oxidant activity. Studies show that daily consumption of honey improves blood antioxidant levels and helps prevent damage to cholesterol by free radicals.

So if you’ve never given buckwheat a try, now might just be the time to do so.  This food is very rarely eaten but offers so many health benefits.  Even if you just include it a couple times a week in the morning you’ll be that much better off because of it.

Storing buckwheat

Buckwheat should be stored in an airtight container and kept in a cool dry place. Buckwheat flour should be always stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Buckwheat as ground cover

Buckwheat is a great ground cover. It will build soil and discourage weed growth. It is also a healthy, delicious treat for backyard chickens and honey bees.