The nourishing goodness of flax seeds

As my journey on the weight loss train continues I have been reading up of healthier options to my usual diet and I stumbled on flax seed.

What is flax seed?

Even though you might not realize it you have probably eaten flax seed at one point in your life. It is found in all types of foods especially pastries and cereals.

Flax seed is also known as flax, which is the plant that the seeds are derived from. Flax is grown mainly for its oil that is produced from pressing flax seeds. The seeds of the flax plant are rich in numerous nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber.

The consumption of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and LDL cholesterol levels.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants help fight infection, diseases and strengthen the immune system. They have also been linked to a reduced risk of developing some types of cancer including breast, prostrate and colon cancers.

Fiber rich foods help with digestion, reduce LDL cholesterol levels and promote weight loss by keeping you fuller for longer.

So how do you enjoy the nourishing goodness of this oil seed?

You can eat flax seed when it is ground into flour. Once it is ground you can drink it in a shake, add it to your cereal or even soups.

You can also bake it into pastries and even pasta. So go and buy some of this wonderful seed and have a taste of its nourishing goodness.

 

Photo by sriharun. Published on 20 May 2016
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