The whole truth about buckwheat: debunking product myths

Fragrant, crumbly, aromatic buckwheat porridge is a product that is used in every Russian family. I suggest you get to know her better today and find out what is hidden behind a pleasant smell and favorite taste? Today, the focus is on buckwheat, its benefits and harms for the body. Also read my previous articles on kiwi, cherries, strawberries and nectarines.


Buckwheat is an environmentally friendly product originally from India. This simple dish is loved in many countries, and this is not surprising: buckwheat porridge is available in any store, it can be used with all types of meat, with various salads and gravies. And what legends go about its influence on the figure! But we’ll talk about this later.

5 facts about buckwheat

Let’s pay attention to the useful properties of buckwheat porridge: what is the secret of its popularity in every cuisine of our country?

  • Ecological cleanliness. It does not have specific requirements for the soil; chemical fertilizers are not used for its cultivation;
  • Low calorie content. This product is rightly recognized as a dietary product. 100 grams of ready-made buckwheat porridge contains only 132 kk;
  • Groats have a long shelf life, they do not deteriorate and do not lose their taste over time;
  • The anti-toxic effect of porridge on the body has been proven. It helps to remove heavy metals from the body, lowers blood cholesterol levels;
  • Buckwheat contains rutin – vitamin R. It has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, prevents the development of arthritis and varicose veins.

In addition to the above, the product contains zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, many vitamins and acids useful for the body. Such an abundance of nutrients makes you want to eat only this porridge. Before drawing conclusions about any product, I advise you to study as much information as possible about it, so as not to make hasty conclusions.

Is it really that useful?

It is important to learn one rule: any, even the most useful product, if misused, can do more harm than good. Including this product in the diet, it is necessary to take into account all the individual characteristics of each family member in order to avoid unpleasant consequences. I recommend that you pay attention to:

  • a rich composition is not a reason to replace all food in the diet with porridge. Like any product, it should be only part of the diet, which must be supplemented with a portion of vegetables;
  • people who have digestive problems need to limit the use of porridge. The constant use of porridge can provoke the formation of gas and bloating;
  • do not often indulge children with buckwheat porridge. Constant consumption of it in food can cause constipation. For children, porridge should be served with plenty of liquid.

As you can see, all restrictions apply only to the amount of the product consumed. Any food can be harmful if consumed unwisely, and buckwheat is no exception. The reasons that provoke people to abuse some products can be called myths that are generated by illiterate nutritionists and Internet users.

Buckwheat legends: getting rid of false ideas!

The abundance of information on the Internet often confuses people who are trying to understand any issue. This also applies to such a simple topic as the use of buckwheat. For some unknown reason, some false statements about this product are becoming popular that mislead people. Consider the 5 most popular myths and buckwheat:

One serving of buckwheat contains the daily requirement of iron. In fact, the body should receive 15-17 mg per day, and only 8 mg per serving. Moreover, only a small part of it is assimilated by the body.

As a result of heat treatment, the cereal loses all its properties. Before getting to our shelf, it is heat-treated twice. And those trace elements that make buckwheat valuable are not so easy to destroy as a result of cooking.

Green cereals are healthier than brown ones. The difference in nutritional value is negligible. When cooking green cereals, the amount of nutrients is equalized.

There are no carbohydrates in buckwheat. They are actually there, but they are a “good” type of carbohydrate. They do not affect the state of blood sugar levels and are easily absorbed.

Buckwheat diet is good for everyone and always. A buckwheat diet can cause ailments, headaches and chronic fatigue. It provokes vitamin deficiency and gastrointestinal problems. The best diet is nutrition.

The last point is especially relevant for women. Many are familiar with the recipe for making “dietary” buckwheat, when the porridge is soaked in water in the evening, and the next day it is consumed without oil and salt. Such weight loss causes not only psychological discomfort, because you can only eat porridge, the use of other products is prohibited.

The body begins to signal a lack of fruits, vegetables, salt, sugar. Migraines, abdominal pains, sometimes dizziness and nausea appear. By the end of the diet, many develop a complete aversion to buckwheat.

There are more pleasant methods for losing weight using buckwheat!


Eat to your health

To get the maximum benefit from buckwheat, you need to use it correctly and combine it with various products. It is enough to introduce it into the diet 2-3 times a week. Moreover, each portion should be supplemented with vegetables, meat dishes.

Porridge goes well with chicken, rabbit and fish, meat gravies and broths. The dish is well complemented by a salad of fresh vegetables, boiled beets or carrots. Buckwheat can be cooked in different ways: steamed, stewed with vegetables, baked in the sleeve. Such nutrition has a beneficial effect on the body, fills it with energy and vitamins.

For children, buckwheat can be boiled in milk, add honey, a little sugar, dried fruits to it. This dish is a great option for breakfast.

Proper use of the product allows you to get the most out of it. Consider the individual characteristics of your body, listen to its reaction to all foods, and then nutrition will fully meet your needs!