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Thu Jun 06 06:35:56 UTC 2013

In finding new snacks I've come across some with buckwheat in them. What is the nutritional value of buckwheat?
Asked By: shirleyscott  

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I have Type 2 diabetes that is well controlled with an A1c staying around 5.8 for the last 2 years. Have had type 2 diabetes probably 8 years. Have found a new snack line we really like. KIND bars and grains that are like granola. One of the ingredients on the some of the granola is buckwheat and I have not been able to find nutritional information on that ingredient and was wondering if you could help me. The other ingredients are excellent. Thank you very much.
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2013-06-11 10:44:37.0

Buckwheat is a seed, not a grain, so it's gluten-free -- a good alternative for people with celiac disease or those trying to avoid wheat. However, it has nutritional benefits similar to whole grains. It's rich in important minerals, fiber, and other health-promoting compounds. It's even been studied as a potential blood-sugar lowering food. Buckwheat groats (the seeds you eat) come raw or toasted. When toasted, they're known as kasha. Those KIND bars and granola are delicious and contain a lot of healthy ingredients, but beware of the high sugar content and carb counts. Think of the bars as healthy candy bars!
Answered By: Lynn Prowitt
Accreditations: Senior Editor, Food and Nutrition
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