Sunday, November 25, 2012

What is Flax Seed?

What is it?

Flax seed is considered a super-food because it is an excellent source for Omega-3 fatty acids.   Omega-3s are essential because they cannot be synthesized by the body but, are vital for normal metabolism and overall health.

*Evidence suggests that Omega-3s can help with such issues as: Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and certain cancers among other things.

The seed comes from the stem of a plant native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India.

There are two basic varieties of Flax seed - Brown and Golden/Yellow.  Brown and Golden have very similar nutritional profiles, but Golden tends to have less Omega-3's.

Flax comes in either Whole Seed form or Ground form. Both are not shelf-stable due to their oils turning rancid easily and must be kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Because our teeth are not strong enough to break through the hull of the Flax Seed, it must be ground prior to consumption or the nutrients will be lost.  Many invest in a coffee grinder - grinding a weeks' worth of Flax at a time.  If adding to a smoothie, the blender will take care of this for you.

Is it Healthy?
  • Excellent source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Good source of fiber
  • Help lower LDL Cholesterol
  • Keep Blood Glucose leveled
  • Regulate digestion & improve nutrition absorption

What to do with Flax?
  • Add to Smoothies
  • Add to homemade Hummus
  • Add to homemade any Baked Goods
  • Add to homemade Bread
  • Top Oatmeal/Cereal
  • Sprinkle on Salads
  • Mix with Water for Egg/Oil Substitute

Keep It Healthy!
The Hoff

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