The beneficial properties of buckwheat can cause real amazement. And, if you do not know about them yet, then the time has come for amazing discoveries and the right decisions.
Buckwheat has been and remains one of the most widespread and favorite cereals in Russia. Dishes prepared from it are distinguished by expressive taste, aroma and ease of preparation. They are very nutritious and healthy.
There are a lot of buckwheat recipes. And these are not only traditional cereals, but also dishes with the addition of vegetables, meat, poultry, mushrooms … Meatballs, casseroles, pancakes, soups, jelly and muffins are prepared with buckwheat. And, if you have never tried buckwheat pancakes, then you have lost a lot.
What is the use of buckwheat
Did you know that buckwheat is not subject to genetic modification? In other words, buckwheat cannot contain GMOs.
Currently, buckwheat is the most environmentally friendly product. In addition, for its cultivation, pesticides are not required to accelerate growth.
Buckwheat cannot be called a cereal. It has nothing to do with crops such as rice, oats, wheat or millet. This is a seed that contains a whole list of beneficial properties.
The benefits of buckwheat in the fight against atherosclerosis and diabetes
No grain crop can compete with buckwheat in terms of the amount of antioxidants.
This is facilitated by the presence of quercetin and rutin in buckwheat. Rutin is nothing more than vitamin P. It reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and improves blood circulation. Therefore, it is often used as a medicine for the treatment of varicose veins. As well as strengthening blood vessels and veins. In addition, vitamin P is a good prophylactic agent against atherosclerosis.
Buckwheat is not replaceable in the diet of patients with diabetes mellitus. Only 70-100 um. per day cause the sparing effect of glucose. And everything is explained simply: buckwheat is rich in plant fibers and amino acids. Therefore, the breakdown of carbohydrates is slowed down. This means that the increase in blood glucose levels becomes smooth.
Recent studies have shown that buckwheat improves vision in diabetic patients. This effect is achieved after 3 months of regular use.
Buckwheat improves mood
Buckwheat porridge can rightfully be called a storehouse of vitamins and minerals. Its amino acid tryptophan is used by our brain to release serotonin. And serotonin, in turn, has a positive effect on our mood. Just one plate of buckwheat porridge (a quarter of the daily value) will make us kinder and more fun.
Buckwheat as a source of wholesome and healthy food
There are more and more advocates of healthy (gluten-free) and wholesome nutrition. And buckwheat, in this respect, again turned out to be “on top”.
Most cereals contain gluten (aka gluten). It is gluten that gives the products containing it a delicate consistency. But, in buckwheat, gluten is completely absent. Even in large quantities, buckwheat will not in any way affect the exacerbation of diseases of the immune system.
There is a misconception that buckwheat porridge with milk is harmful to our health. Supporters of such statements explain this by the fact that buckwheat contains a lot of iron, and milk is rich in calcium. This is incompatible and therefore should not be consumed. Such statements are completely groundless and have not been confirmed by anyone. Therefore, buckwheat can be eaten by everyone who does not have individual lactose intolerance.
Buckwheat is a complex carbohydrate and has little energy value. 100 gm. dry buckwheat contains 340 kcal. And in boiled form a little more than 100.
Besides, buckwheat is very satisfying. Therefore, many are tempted to “sit” on a buckwheat diet for several days. This means, without burdening yourself with hunger, to lose a few hated kilograms. But this should not be done! Not only are these diets ineffective, they are also dangerous. Nutritionists allow a maximum of three days. And then, with some reservations. The abundance of carbohydrates contained in buckwheat can have the opposite effect and lead to extra pounds.
How to choose the right quality and healthy buckwheat
In stores there are both cereals, which are familiar to us, and unprocessed buckwheat. Once the seeds are germinated, you can add them to salads, soups, side dishes, and marinades.
Groats differ not only in color, but also in the way the grain is processed. Brown (red) buckwheat is considered dark. Such buckwheat goes through the roasting process.
Parboiled cereals and unprocessed green buckwheat have light grains. The latter is considered the most useful. What type of buckwheat to choose is up to you.
According to GOST, buckwheat is divided into three types. She also has varieties. Groats are classified according to the integrity of the grains and the degree of their contamination with foreign impurities.
Kernels are whole grains with no inedible shell.
Done – split grains.
Smolensk groats are also distinguished, which is a crushed and rounded core.
Buckwheat flakes and instant ungrounds are also on sale.
When purchasing a product in a store, carefully examine the packaging of the product. High-quality unground is marked with GOST 5550-74. Distinguish between first, second and third grade.
If the package says “Top grade”, then this is nothing more than an advertising stunt by the manufacturer. Buckwheat does not have such a variety.
When choosing buckwheat, you should carefully examine the contents of the package. In a poor quality product, the grains are of different sizes, husk and litter are present.
Buckwheat, before buying, it is advisable to smell it. Unless, of course, it has a sealed package. There should be no musty smell.
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