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Buckwheat: the Superman of the Grain Family

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This is going to blow your mind dude...why anyone else hasn’t made this connection yet, we don’t know.

Disturbing similarities between buckwheat and superman

  • While buckwheat looks like a grain, it isn’t one.
  • While superman looks like a human, he’s a Kryptonian.
  • Buckwheat isn’t related to wheat at all…it’s actually related to rhubarb.
  • Superman isn’t related to Jonathan and Martha Kent at all…he’s actually related to Jor-El and Lara.

Conclusion drawn by deductive reasoning: superman is buckwheat. Or superman is made of buckwheat? Or buckwheat comes from Krypton? Or the most logical one…buckwheat is to superman what spinach is to popeye.

So, now that the narratives of buckwheat and superman are intrinsically linked, and you’ll never again be able to think “buckwheat” without thinking “superman”, let’s look at what this buckman/super(non)wheat has to offer.

You can buy buckwheat as:

  • Groats: hulled buckwheat kernels of a pale green-brown colour.
  • Kasha: roasted buckwheat groats, of a dark brown colour and a nutty, more distinct flavour.
  • Soba noodles: commonly consumed in Asian countries and increasingly popular as a substitute for durum wheat pasta.

If buckwheat was superman, these would be his super(ior) powers:

  1. Protein Powerhouse: contains all 8 essential amino acids and has more protein than rice, wheat, millet or corn. It also contains lysine and arginine; fatty acids that most cereal crops are deficient in.
  2. Ego Booster for Other Proteins: because of its amino acid content, buckwheat boosts the protein value of beans and other grains eaten on the same day.
  3. High in Soluble and Insoluble Fibre: helps you to metabolise carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol and it helps you to go poopy…and makes your poopy oh-so-firm for a pleasurable poopy experience. The fibre found in barley also provides food for the good bacteria in your intestine so that they can deal with any threats posed by the bad kind of bacteria lurking around in there.
  4. Mineral Powerhouse: buckwheat is high in zinc, copper, magnesium and manganese, when compared to other grains. Magnesium facilitates good bone health and muscle function.
  5. Wheat and Gluten Free: since it’s not related to wheat, you can eat it if you have a wheat or gluten allergy/sensitivity or celiac disease.
  6. Alkaline: an alkaline food which serves to ensure that your body is functioning at your optimal pHat level, which you can read more of here, here and here.
  7. Good For Blood Vessels and Circulation: contains a bioflavonoid compound called Rutin that helps to strengthen blood vessels and capillaries, thus preventing recurring bleeding and the formation of thread veins, as well as improving sluggish circulation and high blood pressure.
  8. Kicks Cholesterol to the Curb: its specific protein profile and proportion of amino acids makes it the unparalleled cholesterol-lowering food studied to date.
  9. Low Glycemic: ensures that your blood sugar levels remain stable and as such, is a go-to food for those with diabetes, or high-cholesterol or those simply looking to eat for sustained energy.
  10. Low Fat: contains monounsaturated fatty-acids.
  11. Lowers Hypertension: rutin (mentioned above) reduces the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) in the body which reduces hypertension…ain’t that dope?
  12. Reduces Risk of Cancer: its high selenium content significantly reduces the risk of colon cancer.
  13. Doesn’t Get on Your Nerves: it high content of B-vitamins is vital for the maintenance of your nervous and cardio-vascular system.

Tell us dudes, what are your favourite buckwheat recipes?

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