Is buckwheat really gluten-free? time to find out!
What's the deal with Buckwheat?
Buckwheat, buckWHEAT, surely it can't be gluten free if it has the word wheat in it, right? Wrong! Buckwheat is, in fact, gluten-free, so no need to be scared of it if you've felt unsure in the past.
Buckwheat and wheat are from completely botanical families, wheat is considered a grain/cereal whereas buckwheat is from the seed of flowering plants. In order to be processed for food, buckwheat must first be dehulled. The remaining seed material, called groats, can be roasted (known as kasha) or ground into flour.
Buckwheat also has many benefits, it is common for people who can't eat gluten to have low fibre levels but a one-cup serving of cooked buckwheat groats provides 17 grams of dietary fibre and 22 grams of protein.