What are flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds are also known as linseeds and are a superfood! Flaxseeds are rich in Omega - 3 ALA with about 2300 mg per tablespoon. [The World Health Organization recommends daily ALA intake of 800 - 1100 mg per day.] Flaxseeds are a good source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps decrease LDL cholesterol and improve bowel regularity. Flaxseeds contain lignans which are antioxidants and have higher polyphenol (another antioxidant) than blueberries or olives. Because of the antioxidant content, flaxseeds can help prevent heart disease and increase insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control. They have also been shown to aid in prevention of colon, breast, and prostate cancers.
How do I use them?
Grinding flaxseed increases digestibility, but shortens shelf life. Store ground flaxseeds in the refrigerator or freezer. Add ground flaxseed to muffin, bread, pancake, and cookie recipes. Boost the nutrition content of smoothies by incorporating ground flaxseeds. Sprinkle some on salad, soups, and cereals (hot or cold). I usually add about 2 tablespoons per quick bread recipe or full blender smoothie. My family can't even taste them.
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