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Though typically buckwheat is considered a grain, it’s actually a seed – and completely gluten-free and unrelated to wheat. Buckwheat should be a pantry essential for those with coeliac disease or those who have gone gluten-free for personal health reasons.
So it’s a popular substitute for wheat for those who are gluten-intolerant. Nutritionally, buckwheat surpasses rice, wheat and corn on almost every level of nutrient density, especially when it comes to protein. Buckwheat is a pretty good source of plant protein, 1 cup will give you about 23 grams.
Buckwheat contains higher levels of zinc, copper, and manganese than other cereal grains, and the bioavailability of zinc, copper, and potassium from buckwheat is also quite high.
So if you’re not able to eat oats, but love porridge or overnight oats, you can easily achieve the same delicious result with buckwheat.