What’s all the hype about nutritional seeds? What are these magical seeds I speak of? Flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds have gained tremendous attention in recent years. I’m going to highlight flax seeds today, but keep an eye out for future posts on the other power-house seeds 🙂
WebMD states “The Flax Council estimated close to 300 new flax-based products were launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2010 alone. Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed gone up, agricultural use has also increased — to feed all those chickens laying eggs that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids.”
Flaxseed Health Benefits:
So how much do I need?
The Mayo Clinic states, “Although the Institute of Medicine has not set a recommended daily intake for omega-3 fatty acids, it has established adequate intake amounts between 1.1 and 1.6 grams a day for adults. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed provides 1.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.”
So how do I eat it?
Ground flaxseed: Most nutrition experts recommend the ground version because it is easily digested. You can mill or ground whole flax seeds in a coffee grinder to create “ground flaxseed”.
I buy my Nature’s Path organic ground flaxseed in 40 ounce bags from Costco. Yes, the picture at the top of this post is ground flaxseed in our coffee canister. We don’t drink coffee, but we eat lots of flaxseed 🙂
Whole Flaxseed: Whole flax seeds still have the omega 3’s, lignans and fiber, but your body may not be able to fully digest the entire seed…so they may pass right through you undigested. Like…whole corn kernels in your stool 🙂 Ever had that happen? Did my body digest those, or not? Hmmm… Whole flax seeds are still great for the body and help with bowel mobility, obviously.
I buy these Carrington Farm whole flax seeds in single serving packets. They’re convenient to take in my handy dandy lunch box.
Flaxseed Oil: Although flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, it doesn’t have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have. You can purchase flaxseed oil in capsule form.
I usually sprinkle flax seed over my Greek yogurt, cereal or in my smoothies. I am itching to try some new recipes and include flax seed for added health benefits.
Below are some fun recipes I wanna try from a few of the health blogs I follow. Enjoy!
How do you enjoy your flax seed? Any favorite recipes?