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Health Benefits of Flaxseed

6 Reasons to Eat Flaxseeds

Is it me, or are flaxseeds being added to just about everything these days? That's because they're so good for you, but do you know why? Check out the reasons you should be eating flaxseeds (if you're not already).

  1. Walnuts and fish are excellent sources of omega-3s, but so are flaxseeds. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of omega-3s is 1.1 grams a day, and one tablespoon of flaxseed offers 1.8 grams.
  2. The omega-3s in flaxseed can help reduce the inflammation that leads to conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis.
  3. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is one kind of omega-3s that is found in flaxseeds, and this fat helps promote bone health.
  4. Flaxseed is known to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, and it may lower blood pressure — all essential elements to having a healthy heart.
  5. Whole flaxseeds are great sources of fiber. One tablespoon contains three grams of fiber, so they can help prevent constipation.
  6. Lignans, the fibers found in flaxseed, promote regular digestion and are thought to have a role in breast cancer prevention.

It's obvious these smooth little seeds are nutrition powerhouses. For some creative tips on how you can get more flax into your diet,

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  • Sprinkle seeds or ground flaxseed on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, salad, or sandwiches. They're so small, you won't even notice them.
  • Add flaxseeds or ground flaxseed to your recipes. I especially love using it in pancakes and waffles. I have been known to toss some of the flax meal into a smoothie too.
  • Use ground flaxseed as an egg substitute in baked goods. Just mix one teaspoon of ground flaxseed and 1/4 cup of water for every egg to be replaced.
  • Look for products that have added flax such as cereals, bread, and crackers.

How do you work flaxseeds into your meals?

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jazzytummy jazzytummy 5 years
*smoothies :)
jazzytummy jazzytummy 5 years
Agree with the milled flaxseed with blueberries from Trader Joes....great stuff, put it on salads, smooties and over berries with fresh cream. Be careful how much you use, though, because they do contain significant calories, like nuts, so moderation as everyone has said.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years
I use flax meal in place of flour in some recipes, like meatballs.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I haven't tried them, but I should probably add them to my diet because they are so nutritious. I think I'd probably like them sprinkled on my fruit and yogurt.
nancita nancita 5 years
I have been obsessed with ground flaxseeds lately. I buy them with blueberries at Trader Joe's. I didn't know about the potential migraine prevention. Another reason to eat them! I was talking them up to my boyfriend and he tried them and found them disgusting, which is baffling to me. To me, they taste like graham crackers.
TammyO TammyO 5 years
Chia seeds are even better!
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 5 years
I agree with michlny. Ground flaxseeds are digested more thoroughly. They are great additions to a healthy diet!
michlny michlny 5 years
You need to eat ground flaxseeds. The whole seeds passes through the body undigested....
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