Flexible Flax Seed
Essential Flaxseed (Organic) has a nutty, butter flavor and contains a virtual powerhouse of nutrients. The pleasant, nutty flavor of flaxseed is very easy to work with and much more pleasant to use than soybean products. Despite their small size, flaxseeds pack quite a nutritional punch! Flax seeds are rich sources of complete protein, which means that they contain all of the essential amino acids in the amounts needed for human health.
Flax seeds are also high in fiber, containing about 2 to 3 grams of total fiber (soluble and insoluble) per tablespoon. They also contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals which are essential to good health - especially rich in potassium and folic acid.
In addition to all of the above, flax seeds contain various phytochemicals including lignans, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties.
These compounds occur naturally in plants and are thought to have antioxidants, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory functions. PLUS they contain a high percentage of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. These fats have numerous health benefits and are often under consumed by Americans.
Ground Flaxseed is the easiest and most common way to purchase flax. Look for "milled flax" or "flaxseed flour". Ground flaxseed can be used in baking and be used in cooked and uncooked foods. Ground flaxseed is shelf stable for up to four months but do keep refrigerated in an airtight container. Add to cereal (hot and cold), salads, yogurt, rice, pasta, etc.
Flax Oil can be used as an ingredient in cold preparations like salad dressing or smoothies. It can also be used in recipes that call for flaxseeds by using a 3:1 substitution. It is not advised for frying.
Whole Flaxseed can be eaten alone or can be added to other foods although it's important that you chew the seeds thoroughly so as to gain all the nutritional benefits from them. Roasted flaxseeds can be enjoyed direct from the bag.
Here's a recipe to get you started...
High Fiber Flax Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 cup unsweetened strawberries or raspberries, frozen
1 to 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
Place all ingredients in blender in order listed. Cover and process on high (100 percent power) until smooth. Serve immediately. Recipe makes one to two servings.