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With a pleasant nutty flavour, nutrient-packed buckwheat is an ingredient you’ll want to add to your pantry.
A staple in Asian and eastern European diets for centuries, the buckwheat plant is a close cousin of rhubarb. The hulled seeds, called groats, are gluten-free and can be cooked on their own or milled into flour for use in baked goods.
1. Buckwheat has a unique nutritional profile that contains a significant amount of antioxidants, including rutin, a compound shown to be protective against inflammation, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
2. Buckwheat is one of the few plant-based foods that contains all nine essential amino acids. One cup of cooked buckwheat groats has six grams of high-quality protein, a form that’s easily digested and absorbed.
3. A quarter cup of buckwheat contains eight percent of your recommended daily intake of iron. Pair it with vitamin C–rich foods, like citrus fruit, to help boost iron absorption.
4. The bran of buckwheat groats has more soluble fibre than wheat or oat bran, which lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps keep you feeling full.
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