The shiny, nutty seeds have an earthy aroma and a host of health benefiting properties. It is a food and fiber crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world. It is also known as common flax or linseed
Why Flax seeds ?
Flax is a great source of fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health and can also help lower cholesterol.
Flax contains powerful antioxidants called lignans, which are phytochemicals (or plant chemicals) that provide many health benefits. They are metabolized by friendly bacteria is your gut, then absorbed and circulated in the blood. This is where they help prevent plaque build-up in your arteries and help lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol. Studies have also found that lignans may also help improve blood sugar in those with diabetes.
1 ounce (3 tbsp) serving of flaxseeds contains:
- Omega-3 (ALA) 6,338mg
- Fiber 8g
- Protein 6g
- Vitamin B1 31% RDA
- Manganese 35% RDA
- Magnesium 30% RDA
- Phosphorus 19% RDA
- Selenium 10% RDA
- Also, flaxseeds contain a good amount of vitamin B6, Iron, potassium, copper and zinc
What can we do with Flax seeds..
#1: Morning Cereal
Start your morning with a healthy dose of omega-3’s by sprinkling over cold cereal or stirring it into hot cereal like oatmeal.
Flax seeds add a slightly, but not overwhelming, nutty flavor. Add 1 tablespoon of whole flax seeds into your morning smoothie for an extra 2 grams of protein.
#3: Breaded Recipes
Replace part or all of the flour in breaded recipes (like chicken tenders) with ground flax seeds. You can also combine ground flax seeds with crushed nuts like almonds or pecans for a delicious fish crust.
#4: Baked Foods
Add ground flax seeds to the batter of muffins, breads, cookies, and cakes.
Garnish soups with a tablespoon of ground flax seed, for a slight nutty flavor and delicious crunch.
The goodies …
- High in Fiber, but Low in Carbs
- Helps in Weight Loss
- Good for Lower Cholesterol
- Flaxseeds are Gluten-Free
- High in Antioxidants (Lignans)
- Good for Digestive Health
- Good for Cancer
- High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Benefits for Menopausal Symptoms