How To Consume Flaxseed? Ground or Whole?
Updated: Aug 24, 2022
Flaxseeds are no ordinary seeds. They enjoy superfood status because these tiny-looking seeds are loaded with nutrients and provide various health benefits while letting you keep your pledge towards veganism! If you are not familiar with the concept of flaxseeds, also called linseeds, then this one's for you. Read on to understand the benefits of consuming them and how they can be incorporated into your daily routine.
Did you Know?
Flaxseeds are part of the flax plants that are one of the oldest crops in the world. Canada happens to be one of the world leaders in flax production and trade.
They are a rich source of omega 3-fatty acids that play a massive role in reducing inflammation in the body. Additionally, research suggests that these fats are also crucial in protecting against osteoporosis, lowering the risk of bone fracture.
Flaxseeds are rich in lignans that can protect against certain kinds of breast and prostate cancer.
Daily consumption of these tiny seeds can lead to good heart health, relief from constipation issues, reduce overall inflammation in the body, and protect against Type II diabetes.
Flaxseed is a rich source of magnesium which means that it goes a long way in improving mood and sleep. And that's not all magnesium also boosts collagen production in the body- so thanks to flaxseeds, you can flaunt dewy skin and strong bones.
Flaxseed also has copper - a natural collagen booster and thiamin which helps to keep the nervous system strong.
Flaxseed helps those weight watchers by giving them a hand in managing body weight. It is due to the high fibre content in the seeds that helps you feel full for longer.
Types of Flaxseeds
You can find two main types of flaxseeds in health food stores - dark brown and golden colour. Both of these are a great source of Omega 3-fatty acids. However, the level of alpha-linoleic acid in the dark brown flaxseeds is slightly higher than the ones found in the golden colour. Flaxseeds come in different forms, such as whole flaxseeds, ground flaxseeds, and flax oils. Additionally, flaxseeds come in an organic and non-organic variety, and most well-known health stores keep all of the above.
Before we get to the part where we tell you the best way to consume flaxseeds so that you can experience the long list of benefits related to them, let's talk about taste. This superfood is nutty in flavour but not in an overpowering way. It can blend into other flavours without leaving a distinct taste of its own - a no-fuss food whatsoever.
And, now straight to the best way to consume it - experts believe that the best way to consume flaxseed is when it is ground. It's easily digested and absorbed, whereas whole flaxseed requires chopping and chewing. Furthermore, it's best to consume the seeds after light roasting as opposed to raw. Most well-known health food stores will keep both kinds of flaxseeds. Storing these superfoods is no hassle either. Simply remember to store ground flaxseeds in the fridge and use it within three months. Just a word of caution that these seeds are susceptible to heat and sunlight. So always store them in a cool and dry place. Refrigerating them and using an airtight container while keeping them is the best way to preserve their freshness for a long time.
Some easy ways to incorporate these superfoods into your daily routine are- adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into your porridge, oats, cereal smoothies or soups. Alternatively, you can add them to your baked goods - muffins, bread, cookies and tea cakes. It also makes a delicious topping on your pasta or risotto. The slightly nutty taste that we mentioned earlier brings out the flavour of these dishes even more. Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed give you six grams of fibre, four to five grams of protein and other nutrients like magnesium, copper, and thiamin.
Not only is flaxseed a brilliant and healthy addition to your plate. It's also hassle-free when it comes to incorporating it into your daily diet. The benefits of clean eating without spending hours in the kitchen are guaranteed through this superfood. So, try them out today.
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