What Are Flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds, aka linseed, come from the flax plant. The seeds have been used since ancient times for their various health benefits. Flaxseeds contain lignans, which possess antioxidant qualities.
The tiny seeds are a great source of both Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Omega-3s can help to decrease inflammation in the body. They can also reduce the amount of lipids circulating in your bloodstream. Just 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds contain 2400mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. You can also find Omega-3s in walnuts, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds! The fiber in flaxseeds can help you to maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of diabetes, keep you fuller for longer, and decrease your cholesterol. Two tablespoons of flaxseed contain 4g of fiber!
How Can You Eat/Cook With Flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds can be eaten whole or ground (more bioavailable). They can be added to baked goods, cereals, salads, or casseroles. I love breading chicken in flaxseeds! Flaxseeds can also be mixed into a mayo or mustard when making a sandwich. Try topping your yogurt with ground flaxseeds for a boost of Omega-3 fatty acids.
My favorite brand of flaxseeds is probably Bob's Red Mill. I get the ground version because it is much cheaper and tends to mix better into what I am making. Also, it doesn't get stuck in my teeth like the whole flaxseed does!
If you are looking for a new recipe to try Healthy Flax has a great recipe for a Pecan Flax Pilaf. Happy flax eating!