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  • Buckwheat??

    Just read this and wonder what the thoughts were of others.

    "The carbohydrates in buckwheat don't have the same insulin-raising, fat storing effects, so it doesn't cause the spikes in blood sugar that make you crave fattening foods and gain weight."

    Carbs in Buckwheat are quite high though so cant see that they would be any different?

    (btw Buckwheat is not a grain but actually a fruit!)
    Last edited by Rattybag; 03-14-2012, 09:42 AM.
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  • #2
    I use whole buckwheat soaked overnight in yogurt to make pancakes every Saturday.

    It's not "blessed" by paleo/primal, but it's part of my 20%. And it's also gluten free and delicious.
    Steph
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    • #3
      I don't go there. I assume it contains physic acid and that's a killer for me.

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      • #4
        Never had it, but am curious...

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        • #5
          Starch is starch. You are right ratty, there's nothing special or different about the carbs in buckwheat.

          I tried eating buckwheat last June and something in it gave me interstitial cystitis 3 days into eating it. This was the first attack after several years of eating gluten free. I suspect it was the high phytic acid. All I know is that it doesn't work for me. It tasted nice though and I started craving it which is a sure sign that my immune system was reacting to something in it that raised my pulse and body temperature.
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          • #6
            Mark has an article about it, generally recommending against it. But, if you really want a bit of grain, I think both buckwheat and millet are in the same category as the white rice & potatoes, quonoa and beans - after a huge workout, as a starch load and a treat.

            For me it is a treat, because I grew up eating buckwheat, millet, rice etc for breakkie with milk and sugar, the way you have oatmeal here (we had oatmeal too, but it was my least fav hot cereal).

            Overall though, if you don't have it & don't crave it, I would not buy it and start using it. You are better off with veggies as your sides. Weaning off grains is a good idea, plus buckwheat is horribly expensive here.

            If you do eat it, I suggest roasting & soaking the groats before cooking them, like you would with rice. It will bring out the flavour, improve texture and might help with the antinutrients.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
              I don't go there. I assume it contains physic acid and that's a killer for me.
              That's why I soak it in yogurt, then rinse the yogurt off.
              Steph
              My Primal Meanderings

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              • #8
                how about buckwheat tea? is that a no-go as well?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
                  I don't go there. I assume it contains physic acid and that's a killer for me.
                  Did you mean phytic acid? The negative effects of phytic acid (blocking nutrient absorption) are addressed by soaking in yogurt or vinegar- or lemon-water overnight. If you're very sensitive (sounds like you are), then best to avoid.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
                    I don't go there. I assume it contains physic acid and that's a killer for me.
                    Did you mean phytic acid? The negative effects of phytic acid (blocking nutrient absorption) are addressed by soaking in yogurt or vinegar- or lemon-water overnight. If you're very sensitive (sounds like you are), then best to avoid.

                    I "sort of" did the Body Ecology Diet years ago and non-gluten grains were permitted. I enjoyed that way of eating for the most part, it just felt nice at the time.

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                    • #11
                      I follow more Nourishing a traditions and WAP than strict Paleo. I love buckwheat pancakes and soak them in kefir overnight as well. I do not think they have high amounts of phytic acid, or at let I have never heard about that before. If you are truly sensitive of gluten, perhaps the buckwheat you had was processed in a facility that also processed wheat? I think of buckwheat as a whole food and not a grain and lump it into the category of seeds (what it is) and nuts.

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