Weekly Health Note

Posted on: February 18th, 2017

What do you know about Buckwheat and when was the last time you’ve eaten it?  Most people think Buckwheat is a cereal grain, but it is actually a seed.  More importantly, Buckwheat has many health benefits, and it can be used as a substitute for less healthier foods.  Read on and learn the facts…


Despite its name, Buckwheat does not contain wheat. It’s a seed that can be used to replace wheat or rice products.  It is also gluten free, which makes it even more appealing.  It easy to digest and has lots of health benefits.  Most importantly, it fills you up without causing bloating.  Other benefits of Buckwheat include:

-High in anti-oxidants: Free radicals we make everyday can sometimes cause serious diseases. Buckwheat can prevent radicals from causing damage to healthy cells, preventing heart disease and even some cancers.

-High in fiber: The fiber content in Buckwheat causes your blood sugar to rise slowly, so you don’t crash and burn after eating it. It also helps you feel full longer, enhances your digestion and removes toxins.

-High in protein: A lot of seeds and grains have high percentages of protein. One cup of Buckwheat has almost half the daily requirement of protein. So if you decide to step away from the meat and dairy, you can still get high quality protein for muscle health.

-High in minerals: Strong teeth and bones require minerals like calcium and zinc. Both found in high concentrations in Buckwheat. It can also help tissue with damage and repair.

-Lowers blood sugar: Eating Buckwheat increases glucose (blood sugar) slowly which is good for people with diabetes and insulin resistance. Also, a compound known as Chiro-inositol can directly lower glucose after a meal.

So the next time you want a good source of carbs with fiber and antioxidants, pass on the corn or rice and try this nutty, warm “comfort food”. Enjoy!


Compiled by the Lorraine Gillian Commission on Health, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, with primary content from Dr. Nikki Martin’s Blog – http://www.mustlovefoods.com/