Many people consider buckwheat a superfood because of the huge number of useful properties. This cereal is a source of protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, it contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, thiamine, folic acid, vitamins K and B6.
In addition, buckwheat helps to reduce cholesterol levels, improves the condition in hypertension and helps normalize blood pressure. Buckwheat is useful for diabetes because it reduces blood glucose levels.
Buckwheat does not contain gluten and at the same time is rich in flavonoids - natural antioxidants. Due to the presence of fatty acids, polysaccharide, proteins and amino acids, vitamins and minerals, it has a high nutritional value.
Buckwheat is rich in fiber: plant fibers help the intestines to work efficiently, which also helps to normalize weight. In addition to its health benefits, it gives a feeling of fullness for a long time. The body needs more time to break down complex carbohydrates. This reduces the total number of calories a person consumes during the day.
Types of buckwheat diet
Buckwheat diet refers to the mono-diet, when the whole process of eating is built on the consumption of mainly one product. The choice of this cereal is not accidental - in addition to magnesium, calcium, iron, iodine, vitamins, it contains vegetable protein. In addition, it is low-calorie. But the body needs a complete diet.
There are many types of buckwheat diet, but in general they can be divided into three:
Classic. This is the most strict diet. It is recommended to use only buckwheat - three times a day. It should not be boiled, but steamed (groats overnight should be poured with hot water). In addition, it is recommended to drink a lot of water and green tea. It is recommended to sit on such a diet for no more than 14 days.
Kefir and buckwheat. This method allows the addition of kefir: groats are poured with fermented milk drink.
Lightened buckwheat. You can say that this is the most humane type of diet. It is allowed to add other products to the diet, such as cottage cheese, vegetables or fruits.
The harm of the buckwheat diet
Despite the benefits of buckwheat groats, kinks in the diet are dangerous. And even the most useful product can harm your health - a meager diet deprives you of many essential substances.
1. Cereals contain only vegetable protein, but animal protein is also necessary for building muscle and connective tissues.
2. Lack of meat products threatens a deficit of iron and amino acids. This leads, in particular, to impaired concentration and learning ability, reduced immunity.
3. Buckwheat diet leads to a lack of glucose, which affects the general state - fatigue increases, performance decreases, there may be problems with sleep.
4.There are few vitamins in buckwheat, which can affect the appearance: the condition of the skin, hair and nails.
5. On the buckwheat diet, salt is practically eliminated from the diet, while a person consumes a lot of liquid. This leads to leaching of sodium and potassium, the water-salt balance of the body is disturbed, which negatively affects health and can lead to heart problems.
In addition, a poor and monotonous diet is very difficult to eat, puts one in a state of stress and can lead to an eating disruption.