Not a true grain, buckwheat is a triangular seed from a fruit relative of rhubarb and sorrel, buckwheat has a nutty flavor and is sold roasted (kasha), whole grain cracked, or in unroasted groats grits or ground into flour.

An excellent source of magnesium, buckwheat is also a good source of phytosterols which may help to reduce cholesterol.

Buckwheat is gluten free.

Glycemic Index = 78
Glycemic Load = 16 

Selecting and Storing Buckwheat

Buckwheat groats are the hulled, crushed kernels, which are usually cooked in a manner similar to rice. Groats come in coarse, medium and fine grinds. Kasha, which is roasted buckwheat groats, has a toastier, more nutty flavor. All can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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