Soba noodles are Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour. The thickness and texture is comparable to traditional spaghetti. They can easily be used as a pasta substitute. They can be used in various hot or cold dishes. Soba noodles are especially found in many gluten-free recipes. The noodles are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes.
Benefits of Buckwheat Flour
Buckwheat flour is a proven source of fiber, protein, nutrients, iron, carbohydrates, manganese and thiamine. Buckwheat flour has been shown to have a higher nutritional content compared to some other flours available on the market like wheat, corn or rice flours. Many people who suffer from gluten-intolerances opt out for alternatives like rice pastas or corn flour pasta. Buckwheat flour-based pastas and noodles make for a good substitute to traditional pastas for anyone, not just those with gluten intolerances.
Some other benefits include:
- A healthier gluten-free alternative
- A good source of energy
- Lowers blood glucose
- Decreases blood pressure
Compared to flour-based pasta, buckwheat pastas:
- Have fewer calories (for those who eat pasta a few days a week, substituting buckwheat for wheat flour is a consideration to be made)
- More protein
- More fiber
Traditional flour-based pastas have:
- More calories
- More sugars
- More carbohydrates
To sum, soba noodles or buckwheat noodles are an ideal alternative to traditional flour-based pastas. However, it should be known that buckwheat noodles are not a significant source of vitamins or minerals. Despite this, one should remember that buckwheat noodles are still a great substitution for other pastas and noodles, especially for those with gluten-intolerances. Also, check that the soba noodles you are purchasing are made with 100% buckwheat. Some noodles are made of a blend with regular flour and buckwheat flour. Always verify the buckwheat content in the noodles you are purchasing to obtain the maximum benefits buckwheat noodles have to offer.
Author: Claire Ford, BA (Hons)
Clinical Receptionist | Social Media Rep | Toronto Health & Fitness Advocate