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LIL BUCKS 101

Lil Bucks are protein-packed, raw, vegan, paleo, sprouted superfood seeds. The seeds (which are actually fruit seeds) are sprouted buckwheat groats; sprouting releases enzyme inhibitors, which allows our bodies to better absorb the amazing nutrients and antioxidants in the seeds! After the seeds are soaked, they are dehydrated to preserve their nutrients and give the Lil Bucks their crispy, delicious texture and nutty taste.

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THE SUPERFOOD PROPERTIES OF A LIL BUCK

Buckwheat groats are the superfood you’ve never heard of. Long utlized by Eastern Europeans and Russians in cooked dishes (mainly in kasha), innovative health foodies found delicious uses for the uncooked seeds in the past decade, mostly in Australia and the U.K.

HOWEVER, in order for our bodies to process all the incredible nutrients in raw buckwheat groats, the seeds must undergo the sprouting process to release enzyme inhibitors that block our bodies from absorbing all the seed’s nutrients. For Lil Bucks, we first sprout them and then dehydrate them to cut out all the moisture, so you are left with shelf-stable, raw nutrient-packed seeds that have a wide variety of uses.

For the cacao and matcha, we add the flavoring before dehydrating to deeply infuse the flavors (and amazing antioxidants from cacao and matcha) into the sprouted seeds. All varieties of Lil Bucks are never processed at a temperature above 105°F – keeping the bucks at a low heat preserves the most nutrients and protein possible (high heat causes nutrient damage).

HOWEVER, in order for our bodies to process all the incredible nutrients in raw buckwheat groats, the seeds must undergo the sprouting process to release enzyme inhibitors that block our bodies from absorbing all the seed’s nutrients. For Lil Bucks, we first sprout them and then dehydrate them to cut out all the moisture, so you are left with shelf-stable, raw nutrient-packed seeds that have a wide variety of uses.

For the cacao and matcha, we add the flavoring before dehydrating to deeply infuse the flavors (and amazing antioxidants from cacao and matcha) into the sprouted seeds. All varieties of Lil Bucks are never processed at a temperature above 105°F – keeping the bucks at a low heat preserves the most nutrients and protein possible (high heat causes nutrient damage).

The health benefits of buckwheat seeds are mind-blowing. These nutrient-dense, protein-packed seeds have an antioxidant capacity of 620 DPPH per 100g (for context, the superfood quinoa has 58 DPPH). Buckwheat actually has quite a similar nutritional makeup as quinoa (information from HealthWithFood):

Why do I need antioxidants? (hint: Good for your heart, blood sugar control, and protection against cancer!)

You’re probably more likely to feel good about eating a certain food if it contains “tons of antioxidants,” but what does that mean?

Antioxidants are shown to fight off cancers, aging, and promote overall immune system functions. Numerous studies show that antioxidants may protect cells in your body from “free radical” damage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and as a byproduct of normal metabolism.

Buckwheat specifically contains a rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Flavonoids are a diverse group of “phytonutrients” (plant chemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and buckwheat!! Flavanoids can:

  • Help protect you from chronic conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Fight against the free radicals that can cause cell damage leading to cancer.
  • Help lower LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and decrease plaque in the arteries
  • Reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers, such as breast, uterine and prostate
  • Increase bone density

WE COULD GO ON AND ON!!

Buckwheat. Incredible.