TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- Flaxseeds have been around for centuries to treat a variety of health problems. It is one of the most nutritious foods that you can put in your body. It also has many benefits for your health, including reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol.
When you visit a health food store, flaxseeds should be your first purchase. This plant-based food is rich in fibre and also provides healthy fats and antioxidants that keep you healthy and help you lose weight.
Workout developer, Mesha-Gaye Wright, describes flaxseeds as one of the newest wonder foods. As people strive toward a healthy lifestyle, flaxseeds have become an increasingly popular eating choice.
Wright said its major benefit is that it’s high in fibre, which helps regulate your body, keeps you full, and naturally reduces belly fat. Combined with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, B vitamins, thiamine, magnesium, and phosphorus, it’s a superfood.
In a study published in the journal Obesity Reviews in 2017, flaxseed supplementation reduced body weight among individuals with a high Body Mass Index (BMI).
According to Wright, “fibre suppresses appetite and keeps you feeling full and satisfied for a longer period of time. As a result, you’ll feel less tempted to snack, and blood sugar levels and insulin levels will be balanced, which will assist in weight management.”
Adding flax seeds to your diet can be done in several ways, according to Wright.
Ready to add the fiber and omega-3 powerhouse to your diet?Here are a few simple ideas to up your flaxseed intake:
Add to your porridges–
“When you’re buying flax seeds, buy the ground type instead of the whole seeds, as that’s easier to use. Sprinkle it on top of your porridges and oatmeal,” Wright said.
Add to your smoothies-
“In the same way you use in porridges, sprinkle the ground-up seeds in your smoothies,” Wright said. “If all you have are the whole seeds, you can use your blender or food processor to grind them down and store them in a canister so it’s easier for you to use. Plus, the ground seeds are easier to digest than the whole seeds.”
In your sandwiches-
Making a tuna, corned beef, or cheese sandwich? Making burgers or potato salad? Add ground flaxseeds to your mayo, mustard, salad dressing, or dipping sauce, and spread and enjoy your sandwich.
Add as a hot chocolate topping-
In the same way, some people enjoy a sprinkle of nutmeg on their hot chocolate or egg nogs, sprinkle some flaxseeds on top of these beverages. You can even sprinkle the seeds in your whipping cream before you whip it up to top your sundaes or cold brews.
In your cookies and muffins-
Whipping up a quick batch of cookies, banana bread, or muffins for dessert? Add flaxseeds to the batter or sprinkle on top directly after you take the baked goods from the oven.
Nonetheless, flaxseed contains a host of other beneficial nutrients, to fully reap this food’s health benefits, ground flaxseed should be your first choice.