Wednesday Wisdom: Top 10 Benefits Of Flaxseeds
As mentioned in that previous post of The Best Homemade Whole Wheat Brown Bread , I usually add flaxseeds to the bread dough and sprinkle some extra on the top to increase the nutritional value of the bread and to add another layer of texture to the bread. Studies show that it is better to use ground flaxseeds instead of whole seeds to get the maximum benefits. Who am I to challenge a proven fact? So I coarsely grind about 3-4 tablespoon of flaxseed, reserve about a tablespoon from it and add the rest to the dough. Before baking the bread loaf, I lightly brush the risen top with water, sprinkle reserved ground flaxseeds, gently press with the back of a spoon and bake as usual. Besides being naturally gluten free, here are top 10 benefits of flaxseeds:
- Nutritional Value: Flaxseeds a are rich source of nutrients including good quality protein, minerals and vitamins with omega 3 fatty acid and fiber.
- Omega 3 Fats: These are good fats known to keep heart healthy and are linked to lower the risk of stroke.
- Lignans: Flaxseeds are a good source of lignans which are plant compounds with antioxidant and estrogen properties. These can help improve the general health and lower the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
- Dietary Fiber: Flaxseeds contain both soluble (20-40%) and insoluble (60-80%) dietary fiber which improves digestive tract health and promotes regular bowel movements.
- Low Cholesterol: High fiber content of flaxseeds can lower the cholesterol and keep hearth healthy.
- Low Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that flaxseeds can help people with high blood pressure by keeping the blood pressure low.
- Quality Protein: Flaxseeds are good source of plant based protein and can be beneficial to vegetarians.
- Low Blood Sugar: Due to high content of insoluble dietary fiber, flaxseeds can keep blood sugar low.
- Satiety Value: Being rich in dietary fiber, flaxseeds keeps you full and can help managing weight.
- Healthy Hair and Skin: Flaxseeds are a good source of fatty acids and vitamin B which can help improving hair texture and keep skin healthy.
Sources: draxe.com and healthline.com