What is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is a triangular-shaped seed harvested from the flowering buckwheat plant. The seeds can be used whole (called ‘groats’) or ground into flour and used in baked goods.
Is Buckwheat Paleo?
Strictly speaking, no. The Paleolithic Era ended in 10,000 BP, while the first evidence of human buckwheat consumption was more than 7,000 years later.
Regardless of this stringent definition, some in the ancestral health community believe buckwheat can have a place in a broader Paleo template, depending on an individual’s unique health status and goals.
Can Buckwheat Prevent You from Reaching Your Goals?
Ask yourself this question: Why did you embark on a Paleo diet in the first place? If the reason was either a health issue (leaky gut, metabolic issues, autoimmune conditions, etc.) or a fat loss goal, including buckwheat may not be the best choice.
The anti-nutrients present in buckwheat (phytic acid, oxalates, and lectin, alpha-amylase, tryptin, enzyme, and protein protease inhibitors) can all contribute to leaky gut, allowing foreign proteins to cross into your body and trigger all manner of ailments.
If your goal is improved health, you may benefit from minimizing or avoiding foods that can compromise gut integrity.
In addition, phytic acid can reduce the body’s ability to absorb key minerals such as calcium, zinc, and iron.
If your goal is fat loss, then the high starch/high carb content in buckwheat may slow you down. With a glycemic load of 44, buckwheat can cause a steep rise in blood sugar and insulin levels, which is counterproductive to fat loss.
Can Buckwheat Fit into Your Paleo Template?
It’s true that since buckwheat is a seed, the detrimental impact on gut health is much…
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