If you’re looking for a food that packs a punch but doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than flaxseed.
It’s been a staple food across Africa, Asia and Europe for centuries. Flaxseed can be added to a wide range of meals or eaten as a snack, making it one of the most versatile foods around.
What is it?
Flaxseed (also known as flax or linseed) is a seed that comes from the flax plant. The seeds are found in the plant’s blue flowers and are used to make flaxseed oil, fabric and yarn. When eaten, grounded flaxseeds taste like nutty sunflower seeds.
Flaxseeds are a good source of fibre, protein, vitamins B-1, B-2, and vitamin E as well as magnesium, phosphorous and copper.
They contain an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is one of the two essential fatty acids that your body needs to be healthy. It’s unable to be produced by your body naturally so supercharging your meals and snacks with flaxseed is a great way to ensure you’re giving your body enough of it.
Magnesium is a mineral that can help your body fight fatigue, making flaxseed the perfect addition to your morning cereal or smoothie.
Flaxseeds are also a great source of calcium, an essential nutrient needed to support healthy bones and teeth. Additionally, researchers have found that consuming flaxseeds and flaxseed oil can help lower blood pressure.
Supercharge your everyday with flaxseed
When it comes to flaxseed, a little really does go a long way. One of the quickest ways to supercharge your day with it is to add a sprinkle of ground flaxseed to your favourite condiments. From mayonnaise to ketchup, adding a touch of flaxseed can give them a nutritious boost without taking away the flavour.
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