Breakfast Benefits of Buckwheat

Breakfast Benefits of Buckwheat

Breakfast Benefits of Buckwheat

Novel protein could help reduce body fat and cholesterol

If you want a truly healthy, and tasty, way to kick start your mornings in 2015 then it’s time to move on from traditional granola and reach for the buckwheat instead…
Buckwheat, despite its name, isn’t related to wheat, but is rather a relative of rhubarb whose seeds are harvested and used as a grain throughout Asia. Unlike traditional wheat the ‘cereal’ offers a great replacement for those on a gluten free diet, but its benefits don’t stop there…
A new paper¹ has highlighted the potential of buckwheat to help lower cholesterol and reduce body fat. The scientists behind the paper discuss how a protein found in buckwheat appears to have an ability to bind to cholesterol and therefore prevent all of it being absorbed by the body. The protein also appears to be able to supress body fat, presumably through a similar mechanism of preventing fat absorption.

The best way to benefit from Buckwheat

The Living Food Kitchen, leading providers of wholesome natural foods, have recently launched an exciting range of delicious Raw Buckwheat Granolas – apple and cinnamon, blueberry and banana, traditional (with a mix of seeds, currants and cacao) and cacao and vanilla.
Packed full of taste and goodness the granolas are perfect for a snack, sprinkled on yoghurt or soaked in almond milk. The ingredients have been slowly dehydrated (instead of dried using intense heat) to help persevere their nutrients and enzymes and the buckwheat is ‘sprouted’, which may help your body better absorb its nutrients.
Gluten and dairy free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians, the full range of granolas are available from www.thelivingfoodkitchen.com.

• J Sci Food Agric. 2014 Nov 3. Hypolipidemic activity of common (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench) and tartary (Fagopyrumtataricum Gaertn.) buckwheat. Tomotake H1, Kayashita J, Kato N.

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