Every health professional and nutritionist seams to have their list of super foods. What does this really mean? A lot people are going to take these super foods the wrong way, thinking we can eat as much as we want instead of a couple tablespoons a day.. I don’t particularly like that “super food” label, which seems to accompany certain foods. Although I don’t have my own little listing of super foods, one of my favorite foods is a small seed called flax seed.
1. Flax seed health benefits: There is preliminary evidence that shows flax seed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer . Some benefits of consuming flax seed include: lowering total and LDL (bad) cholesterol; lowering blood pressure and blood triglyceride levels. Flax seed is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (the good omegas). In addition, flax seed is an excellent source of fiber (insoluble and soluble).
2.Flax seed fiber: The daily fiber recommendation is for men (age 50 and under) to get 38 g and men (age 51 and older) to get 30g; women (age 50 and under) should get 25g and women (age 51 and older) should get 21g. Adding flax seed fiber to your diet is an excellent way to help increase your intake. It’s best to grind or buy ground flax seeds to ensure the most nutritional value and they should be stored in an airtight container that does not permit light to pass through the container. Flax seed will last several months if stored in a cool, dry, dark location away from heat.
3. Breast cancer foods: Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids are thought to protect against heart disease and certain cancers, particularly breast cancer. So, flax seed can be included on the list of anti breast cancer foods.
4. Ways to include flax seed in your diet: Ground flax seed can easily be substituted for part of the flour in baked goods (i.e., breads, pancakes, muffins, etc.) without changing taste. Another way to substitute flax seed is for eggs when baking (1 tbsp milled flax seed, plus 3 tbsp water = 1 egg). Replace 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the flour with ground flax seed if the recipe calls for 2 or more cups of flour. Flax seed can also be added to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, and casseroles, too!
When it comes to flax seed health benefits it’s crucial to try to incorporate this tiny seed into many of our foods. It delivers a power punch when it comes to omega-3, fiber and protein. Flax seed has shown to help fight some of our major health diseases when it comes to bad cholesterol, blood pressure and triglyceride levels. It’s time to add this potent seed to our healthy food diet.