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Flaxseed Isn't a Magic Bullet
Make these protein-filled snack balls for a tasty after-school snack during and after back-to-school season. Kale and Banana Smoothie.
Blueberry, Banana, and Peanut Butter Smoothie. Kingman's Vegan Zucchini Bread. Seedy Good-Health Banana Bread. This hearty banana bread has plenty seeds, teff, and whole wheat flour for a healthy start to the day or a filling snack. This filling waffles made with whole wheat flour, flax seed meal, and wheat germ are quite delicious. Serve with homemade blueberry syrup.
These spicy muffins are loaded with fiber and flavor. Oat bran and flax seeds along with carrots, raisins, apples and nuts make a healthy difference here.
Oats, flax seed, peanut butter, and chocolate chips are mixed together into compact, energy bites for on-the-go snacking. Whole Grain Breakfast Cookies. 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. These cookies feature brewers' yeast, wheat germ, flax seed, and whole oats to help support milk production for lactating mothers. Nutrient-rich kale is hidden in this delicious banana smoothie.
These yummy muffins are packed with whole wheat flour, flax, wheat germ, and lots of chocolate! This vegan recipe for a moist, dense quick bread is made with whole wheat pastry flour, pumpkin, and applesauce. This is a granola recipe fortified with wheat germ and flax seed that still tastes good. This blueberry, banana, and flax smoothie is to die for! It tastes so good, you forget that it's good for ya!
Delicious and fluffy zucchini bread can be made without eggs. Let me show you how! This bread is a solid textured loaf appropriate for sandwiches, spreads or eating with a meal.
It has two kinds of grains and three kinds of seeds in it. It is solid and hardy; yet light and sweet. 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.
Hot Flashes 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 results, says Thompson, are consistent with other studies that have shown no siginifcant difference in the effect on hot flashes between flaxseed and placebo Flaxseed Isn't a Magic Bullet It's tempting to think of flaxseed as a super food because of its many potential health benefits.
Tips for Using Flaxseed 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. Continued 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. Here are more tips for using, buying, and storing flaxseed: Buy it ground or grind it yourself.
Flaxseed, when eaten whole, is more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, which means your body doesn't get all the healthful components.
If you want to grind flaxseed yourself, those little electric coffee grinders seem to work best. Milled or ground flaxseed is the same thing as flax meal. Buy either brown or golden flaxseed. Golden flaxseed is easier on the eyes , but brown flaxseed is easier to find in most supermarkets. There is very little difference nutritionally between the two, so the choice is up to you.
Find it in stores or on the Internet. Many supermarket chains now carry ground flaxseed or flax meal. You can also find it in health food stores or order it on various web sites.
Check the product label. When buying products containing flaxseed, check the label to make sure ground flaxseed, not whole flaxseed, was added.
Flaxseed is a featured ingredient in cereals, pasta, whole grain breads and crackers, energy bars, meatless meal products, and snack foods. Add flaxseed to a food you habitually eat. Every time you have a certain food, like oatmeal, smoothies, soup, or yogurt, stir in a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed.
Hide flaxseed in dark, moist dishes.