Reasons To Include Buckwheat (Kuttu) In Your Diet This Navratri

By Chandreyee Sen

Navratri is an auspicious occasion celebrated in autumn for nine days in honour of Goddess Durga.

Bengalis celebrate it as Durga Puja, and other Hindu communities celebrate this event as the victory of good over evil when Lord Ram had killed Ravana on the tenth day of Navratri, i.e., Vijaya Dashami.

These nine days are followed by several rituals and customs, with mouth watering dishes, dandiya dance and new dresses.

buckwheat benefits

Amidst all these gleams and glitters we often forget that we consume unhealthy foods that affect our health. So, it is essential to follow a healthy diet to enjoy the festive season.

Buckwheat, commonly known as kuttu is a nutritious food item that helps you keep a balance in your diet and stay active.

It is a coarse ground flour used for making parathas or puris during Navratri. Below is the list of benefits that buckwheat or kuttu has.

Lowers Blood Pressure:

During Navratri, we tend to consume fried and masala food that increases the blood pressure level. Further, a hectic schedule is also detrimental for a blood pressure patient. Buckwheat contains a flavonoid called rutin. Rutin helps in reducing 36% of blood pressure, and so parathas or puris made of kuttu help you enjoy the tasty food as well as stay healthy.

Good For Digestion:

Buckwheat or kuttu contains fibre in high amount. It has soluble and insoluble fibre and resistant starch that helps in improving the digestive system. So you can eat food made of kuttu to keep your stomach happy and body fit and active instead of having antacids.

Reduces Cholesterol:

Increased cholesterol leads to heart ailment and blockage in the heart. So it is vital to keep a check on the cholesterol level and avoid fried and oily foods. But when it's Navratri you can hardly say no to all the delicious pakoras.

Buckwheat can be your remedy. The rich fibre content in buckwheat helps to keep a check on the cholesterol, thus making it a necessary food item during Navratri.

Lowers Blood Sugar Level:

Buckwheat is a healthy food for diabetic patients as well. Although it is rich in carbohydrates, the glycemic index is 49-51, which helps in controlling the blood sugar level.

It is often used as an insulin mediator, and due to its low GI, kuttu is a good food that a diabetic patient can have during the auspicious occasion of Navratri.

Low In Calories:

Everybody in today's world aspires to stay healthy and reduce calorie intake. But when there are festivities around, the diet chart often topples, leaving you with lots of calorie-rich foods. This increases weight, affects health, increases blood pressure and sugar and reduces the metabolic rate.

But if you opt for buckwheat-made puri, paratha, dosa, etc. then you can reduce the chances of consuming calories and stay healthy even during Navratri.

Rich In Minerals & Iron:

Buckwheat contains a high amount of minerals and iron that an adult human being requires on a daily basis. Often we are confused about the right amount of food we should eat to maintain a balanced diet.

A bowl of buckwheat is a healthy option for anyone as it contains phosphorus, selenium, zinc, copper and potassium. So, make this Navratri healthier with food made of buckwheat.

Make your Navratri more unique and healthy with buckwheat-made foods that will effectively relieve you of the woes that the body faces post festivities.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 13:00 [IST]
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