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5 Things About Flaxseed

Heart health month is still going strong, and I'm here with another tip on how to keep your ticker in top shape. An easy way to help your heart is to add flaxseeds to your diet. Before heading to the store, learn more about this natural source of omega-3s with these five things.

  1. 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.
  2. Lignans, the fibers found in flaxseed, promote regular digestion and are thought to have a role in breast cancer prevention.
  3. Expect a slightly earthy, nutty flavor from flaxseeds but don't be afraid that adding them will overpower your meal. You only need one tablespoon to fulfill the daily recommended amount of omega-3s.
  4. Stir ground flaxseed into your morning oatmeal or cereal and sprinkle it on your lunchtime salad.
  5. A mixture of milled flaxseed and water can be substituted for eggs when making baked goods.
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divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I love to add flaxseed to my oatmeal. I didn't know about using it with the baking in place of the egg, that's awesome. I can't wait to try it. :D
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I just made flaxmeal-oat bran muffins that were sooooooooo good. My package says that you can use it as a substitute for butter in baking, too. I wonder if it's an either/or thing? Because I've heard you can substitute applesauce or yogurt for either eggs or butter as well, but I've only ever tried that with breads, and it tends to make them denser. I would like to try it with cookies, though, because I love the texture of cookies with whole-wheat flour so I can only imagine the yummy-ness with flax!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Hmm, I've never really eaten flaxseeds. I should try them...maybe I'll try them with my oatmeal. I bet they'd make it taste really good. And that tip about substituting them for eggs in baked goods is awesome! I'm totally going to try that!
emalove emalove 8 years
I sprinkle a little on my yogurt or cereal parents have done this for awhile now and convinced me to try it.
Brooke_72 Brooke_72 8 years
Nacita-I buy them whole and then just grind them in a coffee grinder or magic bullet.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Interesting fact about baking with them, I had no idea.
michlny michlny 8 years
The benefits of flaxseeds are derived from the freshly ground seeds....
nancita nancita 8 years
I decided to try flaxseeds but bought whole ones, not realizing you were supposed to use ground flaxseeds to sprinkle on oatmeal and cereal. Can I sprinkle unground ones or is that not a good idea?
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I love flaxseed! Very good stuff. I like it in oatmeal, on sweet potatoes, and I like to roll banana slices in it too :P
michlny michlny 8 years
Flax seeds are phenomenal for constipation!! You're guaranteed to go!
becoming-brina becoming-brina 8 years
Flaxseed and water is my egg replacer of choice for *almost* everything; it works great, and i love the texture that it adds to cookies!
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