Flaxseed is often called the ideal health food--and for a good reason. Tiny but mighty, these brawny seeds pull their nutritional weight. Don’t be fooled by their small size. Flaxseed is one of the most nutritious members of the nut and seed family. One serving contains almost three grams of protein and four grams of fiber, not to mention heart-friendly omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and vitamin B. A two-tablespoonful serving of flaxseed contains only approximately 100 calories.
Flaxseed is an extremely gut-friendly food. Approximately 95% of the carbs in flaxseed is fiber. This ingredient also improves inflammation in the colon and relieves constipation. Many people use ground flax as their secret weapon in the fight against constipation.
For a turbo boost of energy and nutrients, try incorporating flaxseed into your morning breakfast regimen. Add flaxseed to your morning oatmeal, pancakes, waffle batter or vegan patties. Or try sprinkling a few tablespoons of flaxseed into fruit and veggie smoothies or juices. You can use it as a topping for hot or cold cereal, too. Flaxseed spoils quickly once ground, so only grind the amount you need.
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