FLAX FACTS Flax seeds have been around for thousands of years but has recently gained popularity among health concious Americans. It’s about time! 🙂 Fun Fact: The botanical name for flax is Linum usitatissimum, meaning “most useful” Nutritional Benefits
Nutritional Facts In 2 Tbsp of flax seeds:
How to buy You can find flax seeds prepackaged and in bulk at most natural food stores. While they sell them ground, the seed is more likely to go rancid and lose it’s nutritional properties faster that way so stick with the whole version. They come in brown and golden but both have the same nutritional benefits. Flax oil can also be found in the refrigerated section or in capsule form. I personally reccomend the free form oil due to freshness concerns. How to store In order to get the benefits from the seed, always grind them first. You can use a food processor, coffee grinder or even a specialty flax grinder. Once ground, use right away or store in a seal tight opaque container in the fridge or freezer to keep it’s freshness. Flax oil is highly perishable and must be kept in the fridge. How to eat You can cook and bake with both whole and ground flax seeds (I recommend always grinding) but make sure to not ever heat or cook with flax oil as it will go rancid and destroy it’s healthy properties. Add it to chilled foods instead. How to add it to your diet
Recipe My Favorite Homemade Dressing
Mix together and pour over your favorite fresh organic salad. Caution: A small number of people may have an allergic reaction to flaxseed; therefore start with 1/2 teaspoon to see if an allergic reaction occurs. Studies have shown that lignans in flaxseed antagonize the action of some drugs (including tamoxifen) used by breast cancer patients.