ALL ABOUT FLAXSEEDS
Flaxseed is the seed from a blue - flowered plant, called Linum usitatissimum, which is mainly grown in the colder regions of the world. People have eaten flaxseed since ancient times, and evidence of its health and nutritional benefits is plentiful. Today flaxseed enjoys increasing popularity throughout the world as a nutritious food, and Canada is the world's leader in the production and export with 33% of the global total
Flaxseeds are available in golden or brown varieties, both contain a host of nutritional benefits but they differ in certain ways.
Native in: North Dakota - USA, also called Dakota Gold
Nutrition: One tablespoon contains 2.1grs of ALA (51% omega-3 fatty acid ALA), less fat and calories but higher protein.
Popularity: Uncommon, usually available in health food stores
Major forms: Whole grain
Native in: Canada
Nutrition: One tablespoon contains 2.5 grams of ALA (59% omega-3 fatty acid ALA), more fat and calories.
Popularity: Common, availabel in many grocery store
Major forms: Ground and whole grain
FORMS & APPLICATIONS
Flaxseed adds a pleasant and nutty taste to foods, therefore it is utilised as a main food ingredient in order to enhance functional foods. There are 2 main forms of flaxseeds in the market are Whole flaxseed and Ground flaxseed (or Flaxseed meal).
To release and utilise full of nutrients in flaxseeds, it is recommended to use them in meal form.
Applications: Sprinkle on top of home baking or mix them into a dough.
Storage condition: Store whole flaxseeds in clean, dry and of good quality, at room temperature for up to a year.
Ground flaxseeds (Flaxseed meal)
Applications: Sprinkle milled flaxseed on cereal or add it to doughs, batters, casseroles and other cooked foods.
Storage condition: Keep milled flaxseed refrigerated in an airtight, opaque container for up to 30 days.
Flax's high nutritional value makes it a popular choice among people demanding healthful and delicious foods.
1 ounce of Flaxseeds provide our body with
7.7g Dietary fiber (31% DV)
8g Polyunsaturate fat
6467mg Omega 3 fatty acid, ALA
Reduce risk of heart disease
Flaxseed is the richest plant source of ALA. Studies show that flaxseed may reduce the risk of heart disease by preventing the buildup of harmful deposits in arteries, and increasing the ALA content of the diet corresponded to a decrease in risk of stroke and heart disease.
Reduce cancer risks
Flaxseed contains a high amount of lignans, which are phytoestrogens – compounds that have been shown in studies of animals and in early human clinical trials to help protect against certain kinds of cancer, particularly cancers of the breast and colon, by blocking tumour formation.
Flaxseed contains soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fiber helps in maintaining proper gastrointestinal functions, and insoluble fiber plays a vital role in keeping the heart healthy by lowering serum LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.