Buckwheat is also known by the name kuttu ka atta. Buckwheat is widely grown and used in India especially in the fasting season of Navratras. During this season the kuttu ka atta is used for cooking the many delicious dishes for fasting like puri, Rotis, pakoras, Tikki, etc.
If you love these dishes made up of kuttu ka atta them I’m sure you must be curious and love to know the benefits of kuttu ka atta.
Kuttu ka atta has the properties of anti-diabetic and even some anti-cancer properties also, which makes this flour a great addition in your diet even in your normal days when you are not fasting. Kuttu ka atta is rich in nutrients, which makes it a great anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory food.
Basic Facts About Buckwheat/ Kuttu ka Atta
- Kuttu ka atta which you use generally is derived from the Buckwheat, a seasonal crop that usually grows in the colder climate conditions.
- Buckwheat has many varieties and of different types and cannot grows in the extreme climate.
- The grain matures within the 10-12 weeks after sowing the Buckwheat.
- It is an inexpensive crop.
Interesting facts about Buckwheat/ Kuttu ka Atta
- Kuttu ka atta helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels in your body.
- Kuttu ka atta adds bulk to your bowel movements as it contains a high level of fiber.
- The high-level proteins in the kuttu ka atta are very important for the different functions in the body.
- The magnesium and Vitamin E presents in the kuttu ka atta are very strong enough to protect the children from developing asthma.
- In the buckwheat groats the iron present in it which is very helpful to the patients suffering from anemia.
- The tryptophan present in the Kuttu ka atta influences the mood and changes in the positive manner which makes you happy and prevents you from the depression.
Scientific Details about Buckwheat
- Scientific Name: Fagopyrum esculentum
- Family: Polygonaceae
- Common Name: Kuttu, Kuttu ka atta, Buckwheat
- Native Region: The native region of Buckwheat is South Asia, where it starts first cultivating. Since then, it is adapted and used by the whole world. now in India subcontinent and the united states, it has grown as a crop.
- Parts Used: Grain
- Types: Red Buckwheat, Unhulled Buckwheat, Green Buckwheat, Black Buckwheat, Naked Buckwheat Groats, Roasted Buckwheat Groats, Buckwheat hulls.
Generally, the black buckwheat is used for making the kuttu ka atta. Buckwheat flour is usually made from Green or Black Roasted Buckwheat flour.
Nutrition Composition of Buckwheat
Value as per 100 grams:
Energy: 343 Kcal
Water: 10 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Fats: 3.4 grams
Carbohydrates: 72 grams
Fiber: 10 grams
Magnesium: 231 mg
Potassium: 460 mg
Phosphorus: 347 mg
Health Benefits of Buckwheat/ Kuttu ka atta
- Kuttu ka atta as an antioxidant
- Kuttu ka atta is used for the diet plan for weight loss
- Kuttu ka atta for celiac disease
- Kuttu ka atta for inflammatory bowel disease
- Kuttu ka atta for diabetes control
- Kuttu ka atta for lowering the cholesterol level
- Kuttu ka atta for the heart
- Kuttu ka atta for Cancer prevention
- Kuttu ka atta for gallstones
- Kuttu ka atta helps patients with low blood pressure
- This is a gluten-free option.
Side effects of Buckwheat/ Kuttu ka atta
- Some people are allergic to kuttu ka atta which may cause them to have allergic symptoms.
- It might not good for pregnant women, as the studies are not completed in this case. S, it’s best for pregnant women to consult a doctor first before consuming the kuttu ka atta.
- Kuttu ka atta is very warm so it is suggested to consume in the limit.
If your targeting weight-loss or suffering from PCOD or are a diabetic, your dietitian will also recommend Buckwheat because of its awesome effects.
Note: This article is written by one of the best dietitians in Delhi.