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So today we are talking about the superfood flaxseed. I mentioned Flaxseed in a few videos prior to this but I really wanted to highlight flaxseed because it has so many benefits I really think it should be a part of your daily diet.
Now, when you are purchasing flaxseed you need to make sure you are getting the ground flaxseed, it is sometimes called milled flaxseed, and the reason why you need to get it ground up is because the whole flaxseeds actually have a coating of fiber on the outside that is indigestable to us, so if you just eat the whole flaxseed your body isn’t able to break down those seeds to access the healthy fats and all of the great benefits inside, so basically, it just passes right through you. So either buy the ground flaxseed or if you’re going to buy the whole seeds just make sure that you grind them in your coffee grinder or grind them up in your food processor.
Number one. Flaxseed is going to lower your cholesterol. One of the reasons it lowers your cholesterol is because it has soluble fiber, which when you digest it actually helps to clear out the cholesterol that is in your blood stream.
Also because flaxseed has healthy fats in it. It helps to increase the good cholesterol and decrease the bad cholesterol, so it definitely will lower your cholesterol.
Number two. Flaxseed has been found in studies to reduce high blood pressure. You know, in our society where a ton of people have high blood pressure and a lot of people are dependent on medications to keep their blood pressure under control, why not add something like this to your diet, instead of completely just depending on medication.
Number three. Flaxseed helps to reduce inflammation. There are a ton of diseases out there that actually are initiated by the inflammatory process, so even something like arthritis or something like cancer, it all, and heart disease too, it’s all tied into inflammation, so you want to keep your inflammation low. The way that you do that is by consuming foods that have healthy fats, and flaxseed is definitely one of those foods.
Number four. Flaxseed helps to reduce your risk of certain cancers. The way that it does this is because of it’s fiber content and because it contains omega-3 fatty acids which are those healthy fats.
Number five. Flaxseed is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber and it actually has four grams of fiber per two tablespoons. There are some cereals out there, you can eat a cup of cereal and not get four grams of fiber, so this is a great concentrated source of fiber.
Number six. Flaxseed has laxative properties, and there are a lot of people out there that are constipated. There are various reasons why people are constipated, but one of the reasons is because we do not have enough fiber in our diet. If you’re one of those people that are chronically constipated, add this to you diet because it will up your fiber intake.
Number seven. Flaxseed has 2,500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, and those are the healthy fats. It has 600 milligrams of omega-6 fatty acids. The thing that is really interesting and good to know about this ratio is it’s a ratio of about four to one. You actually need to have less amounts of omega-6’s in your diet than omega-3’s, and so having more omega-3’s than omega-6’s in a food that is already, you know, this one single food, helps to reduce inflammation just because of this ratio. If you do have too many omega-6’s, it promotes inflammation.
Number eight. Flaxseed is a fabulous crunchy garnish. You can add it to your salads, you can add it to yogurt and to smoothies and it just gives it a really great texture.
Number nine. You can store flaxseed up to one year in a dry, well ventilated area or you can just throw it in the freezer, so either way, it is very convenient to store.
Number ten. Flaxseed has a great nutty flavor, so whatever you’re adding it to it will add that great dimension of taste and flavor, so kind of activate more taste buds.
Number eleven. Two tablespoons of flaxseeds only has seventy calories. If you were going to eat two tablespoons of nuts, or two tablespoons of cod liver oil. You’re actually getting less calories in the two tablespoons of flaxseeds to get the same amount of fatty acids, and by the way, omega-3 fatty acids are essential. In other words, your body doesn’t make them and you have to have them in your diet. This is a great way to make sure you’re getting enough.
Number twelve. You can actually replace a butter or fat in an egg with flaxseed. You’ll get a little bit denser result, but it’s going to lower the calories and lower the fat, so for example, if you’re going to make a cookie recipe or a cake recipe or a muffin, or something, anything that really calls for fat, three tablespoons of ground flaxseed will equal one tablespoon of fat. For example, if a recipe calls for one tablespoon of butter, you can use three tablespoons of ground flaxseed instead, or, if you need to replace an egg, two tablespoons of ground flaxseed combined with three tablespoons of water will equal an egg. It’s a great way to incorporate flaxseed into a recipe that you love and you can replace some of the things that add the calories.
Now when you’re at the grocery store, a brand to look for that I personally purchase and I really like is Natures’s Path Organic Flaxseed Meal. It’s already ground up for you, and I know it’s available at HEB, which is a national chain grocery store.
Of course you can get it at any health food store.
The serving size on the flaxseed is two tablespoons. Right now research is showing that one tablespoon of flaxseed is the recommended amount, but I think that actually more than one tablespoon is beneficial, but in just that little amount of flaxseed you’re getting a great source of omega fatty acids.
A lot of people use the flaxseed oil rather than the ground flaxseed itself. The thing with the flaxseed oil is you’re not getting the fiber and it’s a more concentrated source of calories. I always tell people to opt for the ground flaxseed itself. But, if you are going to choose the flaxseed oil, make sure when you are purchasing it that it has already been refridgerated, you know, it’s in the refridgerated section at the grocery store and that it’s in a dark bottle.
There are so many ways that you can use flaxseed. That’s actually a lot of questions I get. “I don’t know how to use it.”
Well, you can sprinkle it on your cereal, you can put it into a recipe for making homemade bread. You can put it on top of your yogurt, put it in your smoothies. If you’re making cookies, cakes, or a recipe, that’s one way to add those healhty fats into it. If you’re making pancakes you can add it in. There’s no reason why there’s not at least one way that you could add the flaxseed into your diet.
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