Flax Seeds

Flax is grown both for its seeds and for its fibers. The seeds come in 2 varieties, brown and yellow. Both have the same nutritional values and contain omega3 fatty acids. My uncle, who is based in the US supplies my parents with flax seeds. At first, we didn't know what they were for. My mom called him up to ask what those seeds are for. He said, a tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 1/2 a cup of water after dinner can help lower the body's cholesterol level. Sometimes, we see those seeds mixed in breads from bakeshops and deli stores. Whole flax seeds do not have any effect at all, they should be ground to release all the essentials.

Flax seeds also stabilizes blood sugar level, thus, lessens the severity of diabetes. The seeds are high in B Vitamins, magnesium, manganese and of course, fiber. These essential nutrients are the ones responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of the seeds. The combination of healthy fats and fiber is beneficial to dieters too. And did you know that a tablespoon of ground flax seeds and three tablespoons of water may serve as a replacement for one egg in baking by binding the other ingredients together?

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This post reminds me that I have some flax seeds that I have forgotten to consume for a while. I read that the glucans in flax seeds are very beneficial for our health.
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SheR. said…
I know the health benefits of flaxseeds. But the sight of them really puts me off... remind me of cockroach eggs...
Anonymous said…
I had no idea flax seeds were so good for you! Thanks for all the info...I'm going to try to add flax to some things....
Tina said…
never heard of flax seeds before- interesting.

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Mira said…
I buy flax seeds in the bulk section of Whole Foods. A friend shared her idea of mixing it with plain yogurt but it just didn't appeal to me. They're kinda tough and its hard to grind them. Next time I will buy ground ones already. I haven't tried using them for baking though. Thanks for the tip, might try that one of these days.
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I take flax seed oil (tastes yuck) but had not thought to put flax seeds in food. What a great idea! Thanks
DJ said…
I buy whole organic flax seed, grind it in a coffee grinder and sprinkle it in everything!. My son doesn't know its there!
Anonymous said…
Flax is full of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. Along with many other many other nutritional benefits, its been shown to improve brain function in children. Here's a link to a pretty interesting video:

Importance of Flax and Omega-3