Why should I eat Flaxseeds?


Yellow Flaxseeds (Source: Flickr/AlishaV)

 

Is Flaxseed the new wonder food?

Though you might think that we have discovered the benefits of Flaxseed only a couple of decades back, you will be surprised to know that it was cultivated as early as in 30,000 BC and in the 8th century King Charlemagne is believed to have passed a law requiring his subjects to consume flaxseeds.

So, what exactly do flaxseeds offer? 

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids which is vital for metabolism and is effective for a range of health issues right from heart diseases to inflammation to cognitive abilities to psychiatric disorders. It is mainly available through fish and sea food, while flaxseeds offer a great alternative to all vegetarians. 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds (10 grams) contains approximately 3 grams of omega acids.
  • Lignan which has great antioxidant properties. Flaxseed has the highest amount of lignan – 300 mg in every 100 grams.
  • Fiber which helps colon stay in best of its health, while benefiting people suffering from ulcers, diabetes or heart diseases. 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds (10 grams) contains approximately 3 grams of dietary fibers.

Overall, Flaxseeds can be great for anyone fighting cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or inflammation. However, do note that it is suggested that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid it.

What is the best way to consume Flaxseeds?

Ground Flaxseeds are more beneficial when Flaxseed Oil or Whole Flaxseeds.

You can consume it in the following way -

  • Check for breakfast cereals, pasta, breads, cookies, energy bars, and snack foods, which have ground flaxseed as an ingredient.
  • Keep ground flaxseeds at home and add a table spoon to oats, yoghurt, porridge, soups and smoothies .
  • You can also add to dark sauces, meat curries or any other dish with thick gravy
  • Use flaxseeds while baking breads, muffins, rolls, cakes or any other baked product

So, there you go. Now you know the what, why and how of Flaxseeds.

Eat Healthy.
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