What is flax seed? Where is it coming from? What are the benefits of flax seed? What is flax seed oil and what is flax seed meal? Where to buy flax seed? How to use flax seed?
In this post, I would like to answer those questions, show you how I use it, and direct you to some other great resources, so you know everything you need to know about how to incorporate this healthy, wonder food in your diet.
The flax plant is a part of the Linaceae family and is a fiber. The plant is a low-growing shrub, with beautiful purple or yellow flowers. The flax plant is cultivated for its fiber, which is used to make linen fabric (yes, you sleep on flax every night), and for its seed that is sometimes referred to as linseed.
The golden flax seeds are harvested from the yellow flowering plant, and the dark brown seeds are harvested from the purple flowering plant. The nutritive value of both kinds is very similar. Oil can be extracted from the seed; however, it can also be used whole or milled and used as flax seed meal.
What are the Benefits of Flax Seed?
1. Beautifies the skin – regular consumption of flaxseed beautifies the skin from within. The oil in the flax seed makes the skin smooth, velvety, and radiant, saving you the need to use expensive external creams.
2. Flax seed is an excellent source of essential fatty acids – linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acids are both essential for human health. Flax seed also contains a protein that has all the amino acids essential for adult’s health, and an extra one called histidine, which is essential for infants.
3. A great source of fiber, minerals and vitamins.
4. Flax seed is the best natural laxative – it can correct digestive disturbances. It protects and smooths the stomach and intestinal lining. It prevents irritation and keeps the contents in our stomach moving along smoothly.
5. Flax seed is one of the best sources of omega 3 and omega 6 – those two fatty acids are very important for human health. Our body can convert omega 3 and 6 into essential substances needed in the membranes surrounding our cells and organelles within them. Our body can also convert omega 3 and 6 into substances needed for balancing our metabolism. In addition, omega 3 and 6 fats provide the fluidity needed for proper transmission and reception of impulses between brain cells, helping to improve brain functionality.
Where to Buy Flax Seed?
Milled flax seeds can be purchased here. While looking around for brown flax meal, which seems to be less common, I found this brown flax meal for only $o.89 a lb (at time of posting). It is an add-on product, but if you have other things you are planning to purchase from Amazon, this will defiantly be a great something to add.
Flax oil can probably be purchased at Whole Foods or a similar place. Or you can find it online here and here. You have to pay attention closely when purchasing this oil. It goes rancid very very fast and is extremely unstable. Look closely at the expiration date, and preferably purchase refrigerated oil from a local store.
How to Use Flax Seed?
Flax seeds have a nutty flavor. Flax seeds, flax seed meal, and flax seed oil should be refrigerated.
You can add whole flax seeds to homemade breads, or other baked goods, like this banana flax bread from Halfway Oak Farm. You can also make this simple flax jelly from Joybilee Farm to help with a sore throat.
Milled flax seeds can be added to just about everything. Add a couple of tablespoons to a fruit shake (my strawberry-banana flax shake bellow), pancakes, morning cereal, rice crispy treats like this one, meatloaf, cookies and more. Here are some recipes. You can also add flax seed meal to infant purees and mix it with your dog, goat, horse, or cow’s food for a shinier and healthier coat.
You can use flax seed as a substitute for eggs, butter, and oil.
1 egg = 1 tablespoon flax + 3 tablespoons water.
1 tablespoon margarine, butter or oil = 3 tablespoons flax.
You can add flax oil to fruit shakes and other cold food. Flax oil goes rancid very quickly. It also oxidizes at even not so high temperatures so do not cook with it.
Lastly, you can find flax seed powder capsules at vitamin shops or online.
Strawberry-Banana Flax Shake
Here is a simple way to add flax to your diet. I make this shake for us any chance I get. It is simple and fills you up pretty good. I like to make it thick, so my kids can eat it with a spoon just like a sorbet ice-cream.
Blend together until smooth.
Do you use flax seeds? What is your favorite way of using it?
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