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Flaxseed

Background

The flax plant, Linum usitatissimum, dates back many years and has been used by humans for a variety of purposes. Its cultivation is estimated to have begun more than 8000 years ago in the Middle East, primarily for use in the creation of flaxseed oil. Today, it is available at most grocery stores and is best consumed in its ground form, as it is easier for your body to digest.

 

Benefits

  • An excellent source of fibre, which helps us feel full and satisfied, and can help with weight management. Fibre can also help control blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, keeps us regular and has the potential to lower cholesterol levels.
  • High in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that supports cognitive function, heart, skin and hair health.
  • Good source of lignans, which are fibre-like compounds that also exert antioxidant protection, therefore protecting our cells from damage.

 

Nutritional Value of 1 tbsp. of ground flaxseed

  • 38 calories
  • 2 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g protein
  • 3 g fat
  • 2 g fibre
  • 100% of daily omega 3 requirements

 

Did You Know

Flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)! ALA is an excellent antioxidant and studies have also shown that it has the potential to protect against high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease.

 

Recipes:

  • Traditional Veggie Burger
  • Oatmeal Brazil Nut Blender Pancakes