Holland & Barrett Golden Linseed
Sprinkled onto muesli or baked into bread, the benefits of the golden linseed go far beyond simply adding a delicious crunch to your favourite breakfast.
In fact, linseed has been enjoyed for its healthy properties for thousands of years.
Charlemagne, King of the Franks way back in the 700s, was so convinced of their goodness, he even passed a law ordering his people to eat the shiny little seeds.
What is linseed?
Linseed is the tiny golden yellow seed of the linseed plant, harvested to be eaten or pressed for oil.
This oil has numerous health benefits but is also used as a wood finishing oil, famously employed to keep cricket bats in tip top condition.
Usually eaten raw, linseeds are often added to cereal bars, granola mixes and salad toppers, to provide additional fibre, offering a nutritional lift to healthy meals.
Is linseed the same as flaxseed?
Although there is no nutritional difference between linseed and flaxseed, the two do come from different plants, both cultivars of Linum usitatissimum. The shorter linseed plant is traditionally used to produce edible seeds, often pressed into oil, while the flax plant is prized for its golden fibres.
If you have ever heard the fairytale phrase ‘flaxen hair’, you can imagine how this fibre might look.
That said, the terms tend to be used interchangeably, so whether the seeds or oil you buy are labelled as linseed or flaxseed, you are likely getting linseed seeds.
The tiny golden linseed is full to the brim with beneficial nutrients.
A tablespoon of linseeds contains 3g of dietary fibre, 20-40% of which is soluble, the rest of which is insoluble.
Linseeds are an excellent source of protein too.
How to eat golden linseed
Simply sprinkled over cereal or porridge, linseeds are an easy add-in to start your day. But that is not all they are good for.
Whizzed into a smoothie, they add a nutty flavour and extra goodness, while baked into a cake, they can add crunch and help create a wholesome treat. Linseeds, ready-milled or whizzed at home, can also act as a binder. Simply add 2 tablespoons of water and leave to absorb.
The resulting texture is a good egg substitute, helping to bind ingredients in cakes, stuffing or even burgers.
May contain Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds.
Always read the label before use
|Typical Analysis per 100g:|
|Energy||2116kj / 514kcal|
|of which saturates||3.7g|
|of which sugars||1.6g|
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Linseed, or flaxseed, are the small seeds which come from the common flax or linseed plant or Linum Usitatissimum. Believe it or not, this flowering plant also makes linen.
The linseed seeds are reddish-brown or golden-yellow in colour and can be eaten whole or ground. They can also be pressed, to make linseed oil.
Linseed is one of the oldest crops in existence and it has been grown since the beginning of civilisation. You can consume the seeds in multiple forms including whole, ground into meal and as linseed oil.
Linseed and flaxseed come from the same plant and they are essentially the same.
The name that is used may differ, depending on the product but there is no real difference between linseed and flaxseed.
Linseed benefits include the fact that it is a good source of dietary fibre. Fibre helps to support the normal functioning of the digestive system.
Fibre can also help to support your weight loss goals, as it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. This means that you will be less likely to make unhealthy choices or overeat when you have a meal.
Linseed is a great plant-based source of protein. Protein is important for many processes in the body, including keeping the muscles, bones and tissues healthy.
It helps to maintain and repair muscles and so it is especially important to increase your protein intake if you work out a lot, or you have an active lifestyle. Protein also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.
Vegans can find it challenging to get enough protein in their diets as they do not include meat or dairy, both of which are rich in protein. Therefore, adding a plant protein like linseed to your diet might be a good idea.
Linseed is also a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA helps to support the normal functioning of the heart and the circulatory system.
Because linseeds are so small, they are super versatile and can almost be added to anything. Whole seeds can also be ground at home, using a coffee grinder or a food processor.
If you decide not to grind them down, you should soak them before adding to your granola, porridge or yogurt, for a nutritional start to the day.
Linseed has a mild, nutty flavour and can also be added to smoothies or used in bread dough, to add texture to the finished loaf.
A typical serving size for linseed would be one full tablespoon.
Yes, Holland & Barrett Golden Linseed 500g is suitable for anyone who is following either a vegan or a vegetarian diet as it is 100% plant based.
It is a good source of omega 3 and protein, both of which can otherwise be difficult to get within a vegan diet.
Yes, you can eat linseed while you are pregnant. It is recommended that you consume no more than 45 grams a day of linseed during pregnancy.
If you are unsure, you should consult with a medical professional before eating linseed.
You can soak these gleaming seeds before adding them to muesli or yogurt, for a superfood boost
For breakfast, try adding flaxseed to breakfast cereal or as a topping on overnight oats
Stir into mayonnaise, to pop on a sandwich at lunchtime
You can even add linseed into the mixture for cookies, muffins and breads
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