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Buckwheat, Sweet Potatoes and Hemp Seed

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Created November 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Good Morning, We've been on your 'diet' for the past month and we were wondering if the above mentioned items were safe to include in our new way of eating?

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9948 · November 20, 2010 at 6:09 AM

"Unlike the shoots of the buckwheat plant, buckwheat groats, or seeds, are not generally problematic because they contain only trace quantities of fagopyrin. "...but the mature green sprouts produced from buckwheat groats are toxic when eaten in quantity or juiced. "The danger lies...in the mature green buckwheat plants that some animals may ingest, and in the young green shoots, which increasing numbers of health-conscious individuals are consuming. These foods contain large quantities of toxic fagopyrin. There seems not to be any differnce in sprouts from groats or seeds.

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4359 · November 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Incorrect. This relates not to sprouted buckwheat grouts (which is a common food that people have been eating for a long time) but rather to sprouted buckwheat greens (seeds), which is a fake food invented recently by Vegans.

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1634 · November 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Sweet potatoes are fine. They are not in the same category as the buckwheat and hemp seed. frankifries comment below has some good links.

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9948 · November 19, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Sprouted buckwheat can be toxic if a lot is ingested...especially if the sprouts are juiced. The condition is called fagopyrism...meaning the skin becomes overly sensitive to natural sunlight. Itchy, easily sunburned, achy joints, dry skin.
Another indication that the "healthy" vegans and vegetarians have got it all wrong.

Read this account:

http://www.townsendletter.com/Dec2004/buckwheat1204.htm

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4359 · November 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Incorrect. This relates not to sprouted buckwheat grouts (which is a common food that people have been eating for a long time) but rather to sprouted buckwheat greens (seeds), which is a fake food invented recently by Vegans.

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9948 · November 20, 2010 at 6:09 AM

"Unlike the shoots of the buckwheat plant, buckwheat groats, or seeds, are not generally problematic because they contain only trace quantities of fagopyrin. "...but the mature green sprouts produced from buckwheat groats are toxic when eaten in quantity or juiced. "The danger lies...in the mature green buckwheat plants that some animals may ingest, and in the young green shoots, which increasing numbers of health-conscious individuals are consuming. These foods contain large quantities of toxic fagopyrin. There seems not to be any differnce in sprouts from groats or seeds.

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826 · November 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Mark Sisson talked about it here--> http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-visting-family-primal-compromises-and-grain-alternatives/

If its a pancake alternative you are looking for, try coconut flour. That said, like Jaime, we use it occasionally especially when the youngster wants fluffy pancakes.

The hemp seed, Sisson broke down here too ---> http://www.marksdailyapple.com/hemp-primal/ Its not the wort thing ever.

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14 · January 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Ok people you need to learn a little more about the whole roasted buckwheat groat. It is technically a grass not a grain and nowhere near as "starchy" as you people seem, quite erroneously I might add, to think. Or perhaps it is not thinking and not researching properly hat is the problem.

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4359 · November 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Buckwheat is pretty good source of starch (i.e., it has a low amount of omega 6 oil and a high mineral content). Try sprouting and/or fermenting it before you eat it.

Sweet potatoes are great too. They seem to give me reflux, which I ascribe to their fibrous nature (produces gas). Otherwise, they are good for the same reason as buckwheat.

Hemp seed or flax seed is an ok way to supplement some extra omega 3s, but don't eat lots of it -- too much overall PUFA (3 and some 6).

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2283 · November 19, 2010 at 3:16 PM

The only thing I think they'd have a problem withnis buckwheat. That said, we use it occasionally.

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