Carolyn Bell, RDN Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
What’s all the flack about Flax seeds?
Flax seed is also known as linseed, and it comes from the flax plant; one of the oldest fiber crops in the world, from Egypt and China. Flax seeds are known for antioxidant properties and also high fiber content. Flax seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid, which is a healthy fat, and research indicates its antioxidant benefits help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The fiber found in flax seed, called mucilage, expands when in contact with water, and adds bulk to stool; moving it more quickly through the intestines. This is why flax can be beneficial for a laxative effect. Flax seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet by adding seeds to soups, salads, yogurts, smoothies, and even ground to use in baking. Try this delicious smoothie with flax seed added for health benefits.
Flax Berry Smoothie:
1 cup almond milk
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoons milled flax seed
6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Yummy, and healthy!
Makes one serving:
Per serving: 216 calories, 37 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 6 g protein, 162 mg sodium