Many vitamins and minerals are lost when buckwheat is cooked, but the product can also be eaten raw. We’ll show you how.
Buckwheat – all-rounder in nutrition
Buckwheat belongs to the knotweed family and is native to East Asia. The pseudo-grain is gluten-free and therefore an alternative to wheat flour. However, since buckwheat is gluten-free, it cannot be baked.
- Buckwheat provides the body with essential amino acids – amino acids that our body has to take in with food because it cannot produce them itself and thus achieves a high biological value.
- Buckwheat helps diabetics regulate blood sugar and also has positive effects on cancer, varicose veins, and heart problems.
- The pseudo-grain helps the liver cells in their natural detoxification with the lecithin it contains.
- Buckwheat can also help with high blood pressure.
- However, ungerminated buckwheat can cause intestinal problems or allergic reactions in some people. So start with a small amount the first time.
Eat buckwheat raw – nutrients
In addition to proteins and starch, raw buckwheat also contains many vital substances – more so than most other types of grain. With 100g of buckwheat, you can cover half the daily requirement of magnesium. Germinated buckwheat contains more vital substances than non-germinated buckwheat.
- Buckwheat contains vitamins E and B as well as folic acid and ß-carotene.
- In addition to magnesium, it also contains the minerals calcium, potassium, selenium, and phosphorus.
- There is also plenty of fiber and the enzyme Q10 in buckwheat.
- Raw buckwheat is particularly popular in porridge, but it is also used in salads or muesli.
Sprouted buckwheat can be produced with simple means. All you need is a container, water, and, of course, the buckwheat itself.
- Soak the desired amount with plenty of water for 20-60 minutes and rinse the buckwheat.
- Put the buckwheat in a sprouting jar or alternatively a colander and let it germinate for a day or two. It should be rinsed two to three times a day.
- Let the sprouted buckwheat dry. The product is now ready for use; alternatively, you can of course also buy sprouted buckwheat.