Flax seeds are teensy tiny seeds that come from the flower of the flax plant. They are a little larger than sesame seeds but are nutritional power-houses. They range in color from golden-tan to darker brown, and appear flat and shiny, and have an earthy and nutty flavor. They’re absolutely packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting lignans. We only need a few teaspoons of seeds a day to benefit from their healthfulness.
Whole or ground flaxseeds can be used in cooking, but grinding makes their nutrients easier to absorb by our bodies. Because the high oil contents of flax make the ground flour turn rancid so quickly (in as little as a week!), it’s best to buy whole seeds, store them in the fridge, and grind just what you need for a recipe. Whole flax seeds can be easily ground in a spice grinder.
Health Benefits of Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are packed with many health benefits. Here are some of its top-class benefits;
1. High in Omega-3
Flax seeds are a rich source of the Plant-based ALA fatty acids. They are proven to have heart health benefits and are linked to a lower risk of stroke.
2. May Reduce Cancer Risk
Flax seeds are a rich source of lignans, which have powerful antioxidant and estrogen properties. They may help in preventing breast and prostate cancer, as well as other types of cancer.
3. Loaded with Nutrients
Flax seeds are good sources of many nutrients. Their health benefits are mainly due to their content of omega-3 fats, lignans, and fiber.
4. Help Control Blood Sugar
Flax seeds are a rich source of insoluble fiber content which helps in lowering blood sugar levels. So they will prove to be a good addition to the diet of people who have type-2 diabetes.
5. Rich in Dietary Fiber
Flax seeds are rich in dietary fiber which helps in promoting your regular bowel movements, thus resulting in improving your digestive health.
Ways to Enjoy Flax Seeds
This is super delicious. Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your cold or
hot morning breakfast cereal.
Mix a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into a yogurt.
Add some ground flaxseed into muffins, cookies, bread and other baked
Sprinkle a handful of flax seeds on your homemade oatmeal for a little extra texture and flavor.
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