Flax Seeds: Nutritional Powerhouse

Jan 12, 2009

Flax seeds 

Incorporating flax seeds into your diet is a great way to up your fiber intake and get those healthy, essential fats that we all need. The outer coat of flax seeds is indigestible, so you must consume the seeds in meal form (ground). However, once ground, the seeds rapidly break down and may become rancid, forming unhealthy and dangerous free radicals.

I would recommend purchasing an inexpensive coffee grinder (less than $10 at most kitchen/home stores). Be sure to have a separate one for coffee, as you don’t want to mix the oils together and have your flax smoothie tasting like coffee! Grind 1-2 tablespoons of flax seeds each morning immediately before consuming to ensure you are getting the freshest dose. Flax just could be the ultimate low-carb fiber source. 1 tablespoon of ground flax has 2 grams of carbohydrate, 1.9 of which is fiber.

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