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For a dish serving 6 to 8, use 4 to 8 tablespoons. The Flax Council estimates close to new flax-based products were launched in the U. Paleo-friendly and gluten-free, it serves up protein, healthy fat, and fiber to keep you feeling full. Bakes so well you'd never know it's very low in fat and high in fiber - YUM!! Breakfast cookies made with whole grains like rolled oats, flax meal, and whole wheat flour have the flavor of dried cherries and chocolate chips for a tasty breakfast on the run.
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Good source of dietary fiber. This recipe is better than the original and it's without the eggs and oil. The flaxseed paste gives the needed body, and imparts a nice mild nutty flavor that compliments the pumpkin. Flax, whole-wheat flour, quinoa, and natural peanut butter pack a nutritional punch in this recipe. An Atkins induction friendly muffin. Excellent as a main dish with a salad or in a sandwich bread not included in the nutritional info I fix multiples of the filling and bag it in serving portions and freeze them.
Makes a quick fix dinner and I wash the saute pan once. This low carb bread makes a great sandwich for breakfast or lunch. Quick and easy, too. All the flavor of bruschetta, in a mushroom! This is a great recipe for summer, when you have a surplus of zucchini in the garden. Double or triple the batch and freeze them for quick and healthy breakfasts.
A study of menopausal women showed a decrease in LDL level after the women ate 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed each day for a year. Fitzpatrick says the cholesterol -lowering effects of flaxseed are the result of the combined benefits of the omega-3 ALA, fiber, and lignans.
Preliminary research also suggests that daily intake of the lignans in flaxseed may modestly improve blood sugar as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes. Two components in flaxseed, ALA and lignans, may reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and asthma by helping block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents, Fitzpatrick says.
ALA has been shown to decrease inflammatory reactions in humans. And studies in animals have found that lignans can decrease levels of several pro-inflammatory agents.
Reducing inflammation associated with plaque buildup in the arteries may be another way flaxseed helps prevent heart attack and strokes. One study of menopausal women, published in , reported that 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed into cereal, juice, or yogurt twice a day cut their hot flashes in half.
The women noticed a difference after taking the daily flaxseed for just one week and achieved the maximum benefit within two weeks. But another study reported no significant reduction in hot flashes between postmenopausal women and breast cancer patients eating a bar containing milligrams of phytoestrogens from ground flaxseed and women eating a placebo bar. The results, says Thompson, are consistent with other studies that have shown no siginifcant difference in the effect on hot flashes between flaxseed and placebo.
It's tempting to think of flaxseed as a super food because of its many potential health benefits. But keep in mind there is no magic food or nutrient that guarantees improved health. What matters is consistently making great dietary choices as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Until more is known, Thompson says, pregnant women and possibly breastfeeding mothers should not supplement their diets with ground flaxseed. But a study of another investigator showed the opposite effect," Thompson says.
Many experts believe it's better to consume flaxseed than flax oil which contains just part of the seed so you get all the components. But stay tuned as researchers continue to investigate. Thompson says, "Ground flaxseed, in general, is a great first choice, but there may be specific situations where flax oil or the lignans taken in amounts naturally found in flaxseed might be as good.
How much flaxseed do you need? The optimum dose to obtain health benefits is not yet known. But 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day is currently the suggested dose, according to the Flax Council of Canada. Ready to try flaxseed? Her opinions and conclusions are her own. Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them: Omega-3 essential fatty acids , "good" fats that have been shown to have heart -healthy effects.
Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to times more lignans than other plant foods. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. Cancer Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer , prostate cancer , and colon cancer. Continued The lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.
Cardiovascular Disease Research suggests that plant omega-3s help the cardiovascular system through several different mechanisms, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat. Diabetes Preliminary research also suggests that daily intake of the lignans in flaxseed may modestly improve blood sugar as measured by hemoglobin A1c blood tests in adults with type 2 diabetes. Continued Inflammation Two components in flaxseed, ALA and lignans, may reduce the inflammation that accompanies certain illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and asthma by helping block the release of certain pro-inflammatory agents, Fitzpatrick says.
Find there recipe here: They taste every bit as good as carrot cake, yet are stuffed with nutritious ingredients, including a flax egg. This delicious 2-Ingredient Quinoa Crust has a fairly neutral and nutty taste that works for both sweet and savory dishes.
These healthy and delicious chicken tenders are a far cry from the ones served at fast food restaurants. So there you have it: You must be logged in to post a comment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.