What are Flax Seeds?There are two main varieties of flax seeds - brown and golden. The two types are essentially equivalent in nutrients. Flax seeds come from the flax plant, which has been grown since ancient times. Flax seeds are slightly larger than sesame seeds and have a shiny, hard outer shell. They have an earthly flavor, that is slightly nutty.
How do I use them?
|Ground Flax Seed|
Where can I buy them?
Flax seeds can be found in most health food stores and are becoming more widely available in regular grocery stores as well. I buy mine at WinCo and they sell both kinds of flax seed as well as ground flax seed.
How healthy are they?
Flax seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary to include in a healthy diet. Omega-3 fats are important for reducing inflammation in conditions such as asthma, some types of arthritis, migraine headaches and osteoporosis. They also help protect bone health and prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Flax seeds are rich in fiber which is important in our bodies to help lower cholesterol level. Flax seeds are a good source of magnesium which helps keep the airways relaxed and open, reducing the severity of asthma. There are so many more benefits to flax seeds - they are a wonderful whole food!
Got a recipe?
I have loved learning about flax seeds and I hope you did also! This week I'll be sharing some of my favorite recipes using this wonderful whole food. If you have a favorite flax seed recipe, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail!
Recipes With Flax Seed:
Whole Wheat Bread with Flax Seed
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Flax Seed
5 Grain Waffles with Flax Seed
Granola Bars with Flax Seed
Information for the post came from: whfoods.com and wikipedia.org