South Beach Diet - Buckwheat Farinetta

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02-02-2011, 12:47 PM
Ok, so I have PCOS and am trying to help the symptoms by losing weight and staying away from carbs/sugar (SBD!!)...
Ive read that 2 servings of Buckwheat farinetta can be medicinal for PCOS but I was wondering if they are Phase 2 friendly? I guess it would have to count as 2 of the 3 allowed servings a day? I plan on making muffins and eating 2 a day (as recommended).

02-02-2011, 05:29 PM
So I'm doing a little bit of looking and I got this from the grower's site-
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 g

Amount per Serving

Calories 376 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value *

Total Fat 11.6g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1.6mg 0%
Potassium 1594mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 51.7g 17%
Dietary Fiber 16.6g 66%
Protein 36.8g 74%

Looks like it's a great source of protein and fiber! I think the carbs would lean a little more to the healthy, complex carb than a simple one, so it shouldn't have a huge insulin response!

I guess the best thing anyone could say is just try it. Try one serving at a time and evaluate if it causes you any cravings or symptoms of intolerance (stalled weight, etc) If it doesn't- go for it and yay for a healthy way to lose weight AND combat PCOS :)

02-02-2011, 07:20 PM
great thanks!

02-02-2011, 07:44 PM
Remember that with South Beach it's not about the nutrition facts it's about the ingredients. I'm having a little trouble nailing down exactly what this is. If it's whole grain it's allowed on Phase 2 and if it's equivalent to bran (I found that on one website) than it's allowed. Do you know more Willow? I'm really curious about it. We love buckwheat around here and are always looking for new gluten free ingredients.

02-03-2011, 12:13 AM
I don't know much about it either. Just that its 'buckwheat' and the farinietta refers to the "Fine granulation of mixture of aleurone layer of hulled seed and seed embryo, the richest parts of seed."
"Technically, buckwheat is not a grain. It’s not even related to wheat. It is a seed, from the rhubarb family, but one that can be used in a wide range of recipes in a manner similar to wheat. Buckwheat is quite a nutritional powerhouse. Since it is not a wheat, it doesn’t contain gluten..."

The reason its so good for PCOS is that it contains D-chiro-inositol which "lowers free and total testosterone, lowers blood pressure, increases insulin sensitivity and a corresponding improvement in glucose disposal, and increased frequency of ovulation."

Read more about buckwheat:

02-03-2011, 02:37 PM
heres something else I found on plain buckwheat