Buckwheat | The Paleo Diet

Hello Dr. Cordain,

What do you think of Buckwheat? It’s highly popular as healthy alternative to wheat and flower, and often consumed as noodles. Is it semi ok?


Dr. Cordain’s Response:

Hi James,

I have written an entire chapter on pseudo-grains in my latest book, The Paleo Answer, including buckwheat. All of the scientific evidence therein suggests you exclude buckwheat from your diet is provided.


Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

About Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor EmeritusDr. Loren Cordain is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research emphasis over the past 20 years has focused upon the evolutionary and anthropological basis for diet, health and well being in modern humans. Dr. Cordain’s scientific publications have examined the nutritional characteristics of worldwide hunter-gatherer diets as well as the nutrient composition of wild plant and animal foods consumed by foraging humans. He is the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets and has lectured extensively on the Paleolithic nutrition worldwide. Dr. Cordain is the author of six popular bestselling books including The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Answer, and The Paleo Diet Cookbook, summarizing his research findings.

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  1. I too am ‘trying’ to LIVE on PALEO…been 14 mnths now…& 80 lbs. later… When I go ‘out’ to a Restaurant…one of my fav’s comes to mind…I have a salad w/ Balsamic Dressing (on-the-side) & NO Croutons…lol..Instead of the ‘baked Potato’ w/ my Steak, I ask for a small bowl of Fresh Fruit & the veggies are ‘steamed.. These MINOR adjustments seem to ‘work’ just fine for me…Oh, & of course NO Bread @ the table….lol

  2. This is really inrinestetg. I battle with skin issues, though even the derma isn’t sure if it is acne (I have problems with long-term hives from allergies); but I must admit, I can’t shake the “bad” food. This may be enough motivation to really give it a go. Darn, all of my chocolate has sugar.please add me my blogs at http://www.xeta-xeta.blogspot.comits about full article acne’s

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  4. Hello Loren, My husband and I are considering the Paleo Diet. We are both 67. I have struggled with being overweight my entire life and my husband suffers from Crohn’s disease. He is suppose to be on a low fiber diet. We have tried a variety of diets including Atkins only to find ourselves unable to maintain it. We are retired and our main social life consists of dining in restaurants. How does one incorporate the Paleo diet when dining in restaurants? Is the Paleo diet considered high fiber?

    We are hopeful we can find the Paleo Diet a solution to our long term health goals.

    Thank you for your prompt response.


    • Hi Sharon, I’m not Loren but I’m trying to follow the Paleo diet and my husband and I eat out a lot too, so I thought I could help. 🙂

      Do you remember Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”? Well, that’s me, in every restaurant. 🙂 “I want the burger wrapped in lettuce, no bread, no cheese, no croutons on my salad, grilled vegetables instead of rice etc.” Granted, it’s still only approximately Paleo, because who knows what’s IN those burger, lettuce and grilled vegetables other than meat, lettuce and vegetables, but nowadays you can never really be sure even with the foods you cook at home, unless you grow all your produce, hunt all your meat and catch all your fish in the wild. Let’s face it: it’s not realistic. So you just have to know your Paleo foods and skip or replace the non-Paleo ingredients in your entrees. Of course, drinks and deserts are the biggest challenge. I do enjoy my coffee or hot tea unsweetened, with no milk, but if it’s good tea or coffee. The crap they serve in restaurants is not digestible. I don’t drink empty water, so for me it’s either crappy coffee or I ask for juice (which, I realize, might have added sugar too, but sometimes you have to compromise). And I either skip the dessert or dismiss my Paleo rules for the occasion. You know, Oscar Wilde said “Everything in moderation, even moderation” 🙂

      Bottom line: even if you don’t eat a perfect Paleo diet every day and deviate slightly now and then, it will still be better than any other way of eating, because Paleo just makes sense. I’ve never heard anyone say that Paleo made them feel worse. Some people just can’t wrap their minds around not eating grains and sugar but it’s all in their minds. Bodies always benefit from Paleo. Give it a try!

    • I would strongly suggest an amazing probiotic I am trying. Your husband needs to heal his gut. More than likely he has “leaky gut” which is when the colon becomes perforated due to an overabundant amount of harmful bacteria. The only way to heal it is to eat differently (Paleo for example) and to take a probiotic with enzymes (the enzymes kill the harmful bacteria while the probiotics re-enforce the “good guys” (this is how I explain things to my kids…there’s good guys and bad guys 🙂 ) The probiotic I’m on is the only one I’ve found that has the chitinase enzyme that is so vital to killing off the bad guys. It can take years to heal an infected gut, but that is absolutely what is necessary. There are many other symptoms that pop up when you have an infection like this such as skin conditions, thyroid issues, hormonal issues, inability to loose weight (because the body is not flushing toxins as it should), bp issues, blood sugar problems, auto-immune disorders,etc. It is something that literally affects the whole body because 70-80% of your immune system is found in your gut! When that is damaged, everything suffers. There is much research to be found about this if you just google. Of course, you need to be careful of your sources.

        • 5.3. Medical Application

          Chitinase is used as antifungal agent in combination with antifungal drugs in therapy for various fungal infections [49]. Human AMCase is found to increase in Th2 inflammation and is considered to play a role in asthma and allergic reactions. It is also involved in effector pathway of IL-13 [50]. Chitinase is also being suggested to be used for detection of invasive fungal infection in humans [51]. Chitooligosaccharides also have an enormous pharmaceutical potential to be used in human medicines because of its antitumor activity (shown by chitohexaose and chitoheptaose), wound healing property, and antihypertensive activity [52]. N-Acetyl glucosamine, which is a monomeric unit of chitin polymer, is also reported to be anti-inflammatory agent [53].

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