Buckwheat is gluten free. This aspect is driving its consumption among the health conscious population on a very large and growing scale.
Several innovations in food have raised the consumption of buckwheat. Owing to its multifunctional properties, it is used in making health food items, such as porridge, nutrition bars, buckwheat flour, pancakes and noodles.
Buckwheat is used as an ingredient in many "grain free" dog treats and foods. It can also be used in microwaveable heat-retaining items.