Discovering Flax Seeds

Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I came upon a new favorite food this week: flax seeds! I've used flax seed oil in my smoothies for awhile now, but had never before purchased flax seeds until this week. A friend of mine told me that she puts flax seeds on everything, so when we were at New Seasons doing our shopping over the weekend, I bought some in bulk. I discovered they are terrific in flavor and are incredibly good for you in many ways. Here are a few benefits:
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Aids in digestion
  • Good for the brain (rich in omega-3's) and lowers risk of heart disease
  • Clears up acne
  • Helps with depression
  • Helps with inflammatory diseases like arthritis
  • Reduces risks of cancer
  • Burns fat/builds muscle

Sounds like a wonder seed to me! I've started by adding flax seeds to my breakfast (they taste wonderful mixed with yogurt), but I'm looking forward to discovering additional ways to add them to recipes. I read that three tablespoons per day is a healthy amount. If flax seeds aren't already a part of your daily diet, give them a try!


Kelli said...

I also love flax seeds! I put them in any type of bread I make, pizza dough for homemade pizza, cookies, muffins, etc. Most of the time people hardly notice that they're there. If the texture of whatever I'm making is supposed to be smooth, I just blend the flax beforehand, and then it only adds a slight crunch.

Hope Juniper's sleeping better!


Jeremy said...

I agree, I love flax seeds! I even grind them into flour and put them in our oatmeal. It's so so good.

I love this kind of stuff!

Beetles and Bees said...

Thanks, ladies! Grinding them up to add to flour sounds like a great idea! I will have to get myself a grinder. --Karli

The Ferriter Family said...

Umm I even put them in my muffins and cookies!! I even put them ground up on my breaded chicken, and fish. Happy cooking : )

Anonymous said...

I think they must be ground to have the health benefits you listed. Otherwise the active ingredients don't get absorbed.

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