Super foods – Flax seeds

Superfood flaxseeds

Consuming all kinds of seeds is now becoming a popular trend among health enthusiasts. Seeds have the potential to grow into a new plant so obviously they carry a powerhouse of nutrients and growth factors. Along with being so nutrient dense, they also have the ability to provide a feeling of fullness/ satiety.

Flaxseeds also belong to the nut and oilseeds family. They are tear-shaped brown colour flat seeds.

Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

Flaxseed is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals called lignans.

Flaxseed is commonly used as a laxative (to improve digestive health or relieve constipation).

Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been used to help reduce total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels and, as a result, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Although flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, it doesn’t have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have.

Ground flaxseeds are recommended more than whole seeds because your body is able to digest it better. Whole flaxseed may pass through your intestine undigested, which means you won’t get all the health benefits.

You can purchase raw flaxseed in bulk — whole or ground — at many grocery stores and health food stores. Whole seeds can be ground in a coffee grinder and then stored in an airtight container for several months. Refrigerating whole seeds may also extend their freshness.

Tips for including flaxseed in your diet:

  •         Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your hot or cold breakfast cereal.
  •         Add a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to chapatti flour.
  •         Mix a tablespoon of ground flaxseed into yogurt/ curd/ raita.
  •         Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flaxseed powder onto your salad.

Here’s some fun trivia, do you know what flaxseeds are called in different Indian languages. Flaxseeds are known as Alsi in Hindi, Gujarati, and Punjabi; Ali Vidai in Tamil. In Marathi, it is also known as jawas, alashi, and linseed. In Bengali as Tishi; in Oriya its Pesi. In Kannada, its called Agasi, and telugu people call it Avise ginjalu. And, in Kerala its called Cheruchana vithu. Know of any more names ? Let us know

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Author: drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

One thought on “Super foods – Flax seeds”

  1. I love flax seeds! I eat a spoonful every morning and it helps me get through the day without starving 🙂


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