Flax seeds have been consumed as food for thousands of years. The Latin name of flax is Linum usitatissimum, where the term “usitatissimum” means “most useful”.
Flax seed oil is used as a nutritional supplement and as an ingredient in many wood-finishing products, while its fibers are used to make linen.There are two basic varieties of flax seeds: brown and yellow or golden. Both of them have similar nutritional characteristics.
Why eat flax seeds
Flax seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. What’s more, flaxseeds are one of the few foods that have a perfect Omega-3s to Omega-6s ratio.
They can be beneficial for your digestion, hormonal balance, cholesterol level, mental health, skin and hair. Read more on my blog.
How to eat flaxseed
The seeds can remain undigested, so you can either consume flaxseed oil or flaxseed meal. Add flax oil to salads, or on bread and sandwiches, but don’t heat it. Put ground flaxseed in smoothies or eat it with meals that have a higher glycemic index like pasta, rice, etc.
Did you know that you can use flax as an egg substitute in vegan and plant-based baking recipes?
The easiest way to make flaxseed egg replacer is to mix some ground flax seeds with a little water. You can either grind your flax seeds at home or use store-bought flaxseed meal. You can see the full recipe here.
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Here’s a super easy-to-make recipe for delicious crispy cookies that requires no flour. It’s dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.
You need only 4 ingredients for this delicious recipe which are: flax meal or ground flaxseed, nut butter of your choice, a little bit of water and some sweetener of your choice. Check out the full recipe here.