Dietitian's Top Pick: Arrowhead Mills Golden Flaxseed

Today our Dietitian's Top Pick, Bob's Red Mill Golden Flaxseed, is chock-full of nutrients. I think flaxseed is probably on every "Top 10 List" of superfoods and has been popular for many years. In fact,  in the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it! (Hmmm... I wonder if dietitian's can do this - hehe!) In case you haven't heard about flaxseed or why you should eat it, here's a quick summary:

Flaxseed benefits:
  • Flaxseed may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:
    • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s
    • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
    • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types (that means it's good for lowering cholesterol and for keeping you regular.

How should you eat them?
  • Ideally you will want to buy flaxseed in its whole, unground form
  • You will want to store flaxseed in a dark container and if you have room, in your freezer
  • When you are ready to use flaxseed, take out some of the seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder (or I've even ground them in my Vitamix)
  • You can sprinkle them into cereal, soups, salads, pancake mixes, yogurt, meatloaf, meatballs, casseroles, mix with breadcrumbs, etc
  • Start with 1 teaspoon /day and work up to about a tablespoon
  • You can even use flaxseed as an egg replacer!!

So be sure to pick up a bag of Bob's Red Mill Golden Flaxseed the next time you are at Market Street for an easy way to add a nutrition packed boost to your diet.

How do you add flaxseed to your diet?

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