Flax Seed

I was unaware of the benefits of flax seed until five years ago and since then I try to consume 1/4 cup in and on the foods I eat daily. Freshly ground flax seed meal provides a nutty flavor and can be sprinkled on salad and vegetables, added to soups, oatmeal, cooked cereal, cold cereal, baked goods and smoothies.

good source of omega 3 fatty acids

I was unaware of the benefits of flax seed until 2005, when I attended Karen Knox’s Reclaim Your Health and Energy seminar.  Prior to that I had been taking flax seed oil, but was unaware of the bulk flax seed benefits.

Golden Flax Seed

Flax seed comes from the flax plant and has been around for over 4,000 years, known for its healthful benefits.  Some of the health benefits of flax seed: used to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, help reduce inflammation, and since it provides 800 times more cancer-fighting properties than any other food, it is used to lower the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers.

Flax seed is high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, knows as a “good” fat, and it is a rich source of alpha linolenic acid.  Flax seed provides fiber as well and helps to suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin.

My preference is the golden flax seed and I purchase them in bulk at my local health food coop.  In order for flax seeds to be digestible they should be ground using a flax seed grinder (coffee grinder used only for this purpose) or in a blender at the time you are going to use them on or in your food.  Due to the oxidation process and avoid rancidity once they are ground they need to be eaten or keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.

Please watch the video on how to grind flax seed:


Freshly ground flax seed meal provides a nutty flavor and can be sprinkled on salad and vegetables, added to soups*, oatmeal*, cooked cereal*, cold cereal, baked goods and smoothies.  We all should shoot to consume 1/4 cup of whole flax seeds (yields approx. 1/2 cup of ground flax seed meal) every day to insure a daily source of omega-3’s.

Ground flax seeds can be used as a substitute for eggs and I use this often when baking, especially when I am low on eggs.  I add ground flax seed to my homemade granola and my family’s favorite cookie recipe is Flax Oatmeal Cookies.

How do you incorporate flax seed into your diet or what flax seed recipes are your favorite?

To your health and wellness,

Lynn

*Note:  When I add ground flax seed to my cooked foods I do try and add at the end of the cooking process just before serving.

6 thoughts on “Flax Seed”

  1. Hi Lynn
    I have been taking Flaxseed Oil capsules and noticed my skin has been softer- less wrinkly after sun damage over the years.
    However having read your article and watched your video, using freshly ground flax seed looks a good alternative.
    Thanks for sharing the benefits
    Regards
    Bronwyn
    From sunny Currumbin in the State of Queensland, Australia

    1. Yes Bronwyn, years ago I used flax seed oil but grinding the whole flax seeds at the time of use is so much better. This option is more economical too!

  2. Lynn, I actually have a bag of flax seed and a grinder as in your demonstration. BUT, I forget to use it! I need to get it out from under the counter and start taking advantage of it. I know there are a lot of recipes for using flax seed. Thanks for the reminder video!

    Gail Gupton,
    Atlanta GA

    1. Great Gail! Now that it’s warming up here where I live I’m getting back into my regular smoothie routine, in fact we had one for dessert last night. That is an easy way to get in a daily amount of flax seed.
      Lynn

  3. Lynn:

    What is sucanat? That cookie receipe you give for flaxseed in
    the cookies sounds good but I am clueless at to what sucanat is.

    also, will you share your smoothie recipe

    Leila

    1. Hi Leila,

      Thanks for asking! Sucanat stands for sugar cane natural and is dehydrated sugar cane. It is “sugar” but unrefined and not processed. When I state “sucanat” in a recipe it is the darker variety flavored with molasses. There is a lighter variety, flavored with honey (also known a honey granules). The darker variety is used in place of light or dark brown sugar and the lighter variety is used in place of refined (table) sugar in traditional recipes calling for sugar.

      I get sucanat through my co-op but larger health or natural food stores should carry some form of dehydrated sugar cane. Actually I think “sucanat” is a brand name.

      And yes, I will post my smoothie recipe.
      To your health,
      Lynn

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