Flaxseeds. I don’t think I go a day without it now. Adding flaxseed to your meals daily adds not only a rich, nutty flavor to your foods, but it increases your intake of important essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans (which are basically plant-based antioxidants…that’s the most I understand about them). Read on to see why incorporating flax could be a great addition to your meals.
Why You Should Own This Shtuff:
1.) Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are great in preventative care and contributing to healthy hearts. You can google “omega-3 fatty acids and preventing cancer” and you will get a ton of websites claiming that consuming these nutrients can inhibit tumor growth and/or development. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good for reducing joint inflammation.
2.) Flaxseed is FLAVORFUL. For being such a little seed, it is packed full with rich flavor and texture. Adding just a spoonful to a batch of cookies, oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, or salad dressing adds a nice nutty flavor and texture to you meal. You are also increasing your fiber intake for the day as well!
3.) They are fibrous. One tablespoon of flaxseed contains 3 grams of fiber. Eating the right amount of fiber regulates our metabolism and is SAID to aid in weight loss. I feel it keeps you “regular” so adding flax to a morning meal would be idea. I put a spoonful in my smoothie every morning.
When it comes to flax products, you can by ground or whole. If you consume the ground flax, one tablespoon then has 2 grams of fiber compared to the whole seeds which contain 3 grams. You can easily replace your regular flour with flaxseed flour to increase your fiber intake.
I feel this is such an EASY addition to pretty much any meal to get more fiber and omega-3’s. Try spooning some in to your next dish to see how it adds flavor!