In Bali, visitors who seek to rejuvenate their mind and spirit are also reconsidering their dietary habits. This includes introducing themselves to a variety of exotic grains that are increasingly popular – such as buckwheat groats.
Buckwheat is one of Bali’s trending ‘superfoods’. These foods that modern people are rediscovering have been known by generations past; they are simple foods that give exceptional nutritional value.
Is buckwheat wheat?
The name buckwheat can be misleading at first. It’s not related to wheat or any other common cereal grain. It’s rather related to rhubarb, but regardless people consume buckwheat seeds like cereal grains – a pseudo-grain, much like quinoa.
Buckwheat groats are dehulled buckwheat seeds. These are gluten-free, versatile, and quite popular in Eastern European and Asia. Milling the seeds creates buckwheat flakes and even flour, to be used to make delicious soba noodles in Korea. The buckwheat groats can be boiled and stir-fried, perfect for Russian kasha breakfast or a healthy staple that accompanies eggs, tofu, or red meat.
Buckwheat groats are consumed similarly to rice. Buckwheat flakes are more appropriate for breakfast cereal meals, but it’s ultimately up to you to decide how to consume this wonderful superfood.
Health benefits of buckwheat groats
Choosing buckwheat over other common grains already provides a huge advantage to your health. Rice, wheat, barley, and rye contain gluten; maize (for corn flakes) is packed with calories.
‘Less conventional’ grains such as buckwheat and oats are usually consumed whole, providing more nutrients with lower proportions of carbohydrates. When deciding between buckwheat groats and oats, consider the nutritional value of each:
Per a cup of oats, it contains 4.03 grams of proteins, 2.3 grams of fat, and 20.16 grams of carbohydrates.
- Buckwheat groats
Per cup of buckwheat groats, it contains 5.68 grams protein, 1.04 grams of fat, and 33.5 grams of carbohydrates.
Buckwheat groats are a high-protein seed with lower fat content. Its low glycemic index means that eating buckwheat groats allows you to feel full much longer – you won’t feel the need to eat frequently, and this helps to lose weight.
Buckwheat groats are also packed with a complete set of B-vitamins. B-vitamins are associated with rejuvenation and freshness. They ensure a properly functioning metabolism, to efficiently use energy reserves (fat) and reduce fatigue, and production of new cells, particularly red blood cells – this helps prevent anemia. Healthy skin and brain cells also depend on these types of vitamins.
Where to buy buckwheat groats?
Look no further than Puri Pangan Utama’s product catalogs! In our rice and grain category, you can find a variety of white and exotic rice. Among them, you can pick out Mother Nature Buckwheat Groats. Don’t miss out on the numerous health benefits of switching your grains to buckwheat!