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Kuttu Ka Atta For Weight Loss

Recently someone asked me ‘What if I skip all carbs and eat only kutta ka atta, will that help in weight loss?‘ Before I answer this question lets dig a little deeper into the famous buckwheat ( kuttu). Many think kuttu ka atta and atta( gehun/whole wheat flour/ atta) are related. The fact however is that the similarity in the names does not account for the difference in nutrients. Buckwheat is one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Here are a few facts you are unaware of about buckwheat.

  • It is extremely high in protein and is a wonderful substitute for those who are allergic to gluten (found in wheat).
  • It contains a phytonutrient called rutin, which is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Kuttu is good for the heart and is rich in magnesium, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy heart.
  • It is a super source of fibre.
  • Buckwheat is rich in vitamin B, iron,calcium and phosphorus.
  • Kuttu is 75% of complex carbohydrates and 25% of high quality protein which  makes it an ideal food for weight loss.

Buckwheat is a part of many weight loss diets in the West. The fact that it has high nutritional value makes it an ideal food for dieters. In India however, a lot of ghee and oil is used in making kuttu preparations like poories and pakodas which makes it a high fat food. This is the reason many tend to put on weight during the navratras instead of losing it. There is not much difference in the calories of the either. 100gm of each, kuttu atta and wheat atta contain around 330 calories. The difference is in terms of the higher amount of protein you get along with a double dose of vitamins. The protein makes you feel full for longer and keeps those hunger pangs at bay. It is best eaten in grain form like porridge or if added to your regular wheat atta.So to answer the question yes, kuttu is great to lose weight, but keep a check on how you are eating it.

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Comments: 19

  • Pingback: Kuttu Ka Atta For Weight Loss
    October 12, 2008
    • Jai
      December 13, 2012

      As author wrote, adding ghee to Kuttu ki roti/paratha/pakora does not help weight loss. You may add some potato or arbi in hand patted parathas without cooking in ghee. Once the ghee-less paratha is ready, you may apply some butter (not ghee) to make it more palatable. This will help in weight loss as well as in diabetes if taken everyday.

  • weight loss
    October 13, 2008

    Which diets work for the long term. No matter how hard I try and find one that isnt a scam I cant.

    • shanti
      January 30, 2012

      go to loseit.com

      • Chow
        August 28, 2013

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  • aloofries
    October 13, 2008

    Everyone is different, so actually no one diet is good for all. The main aim should be to have a balanced and a wholesome diet,which is sustainable for long. Fad diets are good to give a push to the weight, but cannot be followed for long. Therefore it is best to follow a diet which does not make you strave or crave for food. You should be full and light..that’s the key to a weightloss diet. I find high protein low carb diet very beneficial. You can check out my post regarding that. It keeps you full, energitic and provides you all the goodness of vegetables and fruits. Do get back in case of any queries.

  • Avinash
    September 19, 2009

    Kuttu or Kottu or Singhare ka Atta / Are these same or is the Singhara different plant altogether ?
    Did not find any reference to Buckwheat grown anywhere in India, and usually everyone mixes up buckwheat with water chestnut ( singhara) here.
    Please explain.

    • aloofries
      September 19, 2009

      Kuttu ka atta and singhare ka atta are both different.Kuttu( buckwheat) ka atta is made from a plant Fagopyrum esculentum.It has a slightly rougher texture as comapared to singhare ka atta( waterchestnut flour).Both these flours are gluten free, so work very well for those allergic to wheat.I do agree there is a lot of confusion among the two.i hope the information helped you.

  • SJM
    February 11, 2010

    Is kutu atta and rajgira atta the same??

    • ash
      September 1, 2010


    • pooja
      April 7, 2011

      no they r not kuttu is buckwheat n rajgira is amarnath….

  • GS
    March 7, 2010

    Is Kuttu ka atta (Buchwheat flour) and Red Millet flour(Raggi flour) same?

  • Ruhi
    September 2, 2010

    I wanna know where do we get kuttu ka atta

    • aloofries
      September 6, 2010

      you will get it in any general store..especially around the navratras.

      • Jai
        December 13, 2012

        If you are in India, all general stores sell it. If you want to stock it, keep it in fridge to avoid bugs. If in other countries, many food-stores like Giant sell it under name “Buckwheat flour” and of course, Indian stores all over.

  • Kantilal
    September 30, 2011

    Then why the warnings on TV to avoid Kuttu in food recepies for Navratra ‘Upwas’ on the grounds that Kuttu is considered poisonous.

    • aloofries
      October 28, 2011

      The warnings on TV were due to adulterated kuttu, It is not termed as poisonous.

  • alka
    January 30, 2013

    can anyone give marathi meaning of Buckwheat?

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