“ Brand: Gillian McKeith / Type: Flakes / Food quality: Organic food „
I wouldn't say I was a huge fan of Gillian McKeithm but at the same time I don't dislike the lady either. I have watched many of her programmes over the years, and believe that many of the recipes/ingredients that she introduces are good for you. To be honest many I haven't heard from, and neither have your local shop, but if you can hunt them down many will give you health benefits, or so we are told. Whether they taste good is another matter altogether. This brings me nicely onto Bukwheat Cereal Flakes.
I was in my local Home Bargains recently and saw these advertised for £1.00. The packet is grey and has a picture of Gillian on the front, with a picture of a bowl of Organic Buckwheat Cornflakes on the front. So you are under no real illusions, that this could be anything else. Buckwheat is grown in many places in the world but is rare in the UK. The main producers are China and Russia. These countries obviously have their own diets that they are used to, so their taste is likely to differ a lot to ours. According to Wiki (believe it at your peril) 'Buckwheat contains a glucoside named rutin, a medicinal chemical that strengthens capillary walls, reducing hemorrhaging in people with high blood pressure and increasing microcirculation in people with chronic venous insufficiency'.
The flakes look very similar to bran flakes, and my method was 'well if it tastes like bran flakes, but is better for you, I'll give it a go'. I poured the flakes into a cereal bowl and splashed on my ice cold skimmed milk, and then I took a sponful. Yuk. They tasted absolutely revolting. The wheat stuck to my teeth (an hour later I was still finding bits around my teeth). They weren't crunchy, like I expected. They tasted rather 'bitter' in my view.
I have looked around on the internet and there are other cereals around the world made of this stuff (and pillows believe it or not). The wheat itself is also used in many other recipes, and this might taste nicer in soups etc. But this cereal was not for me. The ducks seemed to like it though, last week when I took my little one to the park.
For the record Gillian is keen to point out that Buckwheat is a wheat-free source of antioxidants. It is therefore Wheat and Gluten Free. Has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is also suitable for vegetarians.
Organic Maize Flour
Organic Buckwheat Flour (30%)
Organic Corn Grits
Seal Salt* Permitted non-organic ingredient
Nutrition per 50g
of which sugars 4.3g
of which saturates 0.3g
I'm sorry Gillian but this was just not for me. I'm not alone either.My wife hated the stuff, and my kids would not go near it. I'll gladly try other stuff you make, but won't be buying this again. Sorry!!