This little brown seed may be tiny, but it sure is mighty: They’re a great way of lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) as well as helping keep our blood sugar levels balanced. Thanks to the high level of omega-3 fatty acids they contain, they’re also great for helping to reduce your risk for strokes or heart attacks, and they also help keep you fuller for longer, as well as boosting eye health, and giving you an energy boost. They’re also packed with fibre, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and a host of minerals and vitamins. Not bad for a tiny little seed, right?
How do you use it?
These brown, shiny seeds boast an earthy flavour, and can be very easily incorporated into your diet. One of the most popular ways to get them in is by tossing them into a blender and incorporating them into your smoothies and shakes, but they’re also delicious and easily sprinkled onto yoghurt, oatmeal, or cereal. You can also add them into soups and salad dressings, or blend them into a variety of baked goods, from breads and muffins to bagels and more. Use them to add a little crunch to your batter in French Toast, or in the “breadcrumb” blend over anything from fried chicken to baked fish, or roll them into burgers and meatballs, whether vegan or non-vegetarian options.
Just 2 tablespoons of flax contains 5 grams of fibre – that’s not too shabby considering the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of fibre for adults is 25-30 grams per day. Getting the nutritional benefits is actually easier when it’s ground up into a powder rather than in whole seed form, but flaxseed oil is another simple way to gain this goodness. Just don’t cook with the oil, and keep the oil and seeds stored in the fridge as their properties break down easily in the heat.