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Why You Should Get Your Daily Flax Fix
There has been much talk lately about the benefits of incorporating flax into one’s diet, however, many people are still not jumping on the flax bandwagon. Why are people so reluctant to try this amazing seed is anyone’s guess, when it provides so many nutritional and disease fighting benefits. Let’s investigate a few of those and attempt to identify and allay those fears shall we?
It Will Affect They Way My Food Tastes
Not at all! You can simply add to smoothies, muffins or top off your salads, and never know it is in there. Flax may add a level of texture not normally found in your favorite foods, but you shouldn’t notice any difference in the taste. Your smoothie may be slightly chewy, however, that’s no different than when you add coconut- which is a delicious addition as well by the way! If anything, you might notice a little nutty flavor which in most cases adds a new layer of flavor you might find delightful.
I’ll Never Get Out Of The Bathroom
This is simply not true. Most people find that because flax provides a low carb source of dietary fiber, they simply “go” on a regular basis- something that women should find as a positive benefit, since we are notorious for having problems with constipation. Two tablespoons provide around 6 gms of fiber, which is about 15-25% of the amount one should incorporate daily. Flax seeds also contain mucilage, a gel forming fiber, which helps keep food from emptying to fast into the small intestine, a benefit since it can increase the nutrient absorption. Besides, it helps to detox the colon which could lower the risk of colon cancer and help fight Crohn’s disease by reducing inflammation in the lining of the stomach. As long as one doesn’t overdo it- a tablespoon or two a day is all it takes, it should not cause stomach pain or loose bowels.
It Is Too Hard To Incorporate Into My Diet
Again, this is an unfounded rumor because flax is sold in many different forms and does not have to be ground to enjoy, but it is easier to use that way. One can add it whole when topping a salad for instance, just sprinkle a few seeds on like you would when adding any other nut or seed like walnuts or sunflower seeds. Or, it can be purchased already ground and used by the tablespoon to add to a smoothie, baked goods, and soups. If one simply gets into the habit of adding some flax to your food, you will enjoy so many benefits like lower cholesterol, weight loss, and healthier skin and hair! Dr Axe at draxe.com says that the ALA fats in flax can help reduce dryness and flakiness of skin by providing the needed fats and b-vitamins. Also the fact that flax provides a gluten free option for those wanting to get off the inflammatory grains like wheat, means that it could help those suffering from Celiac disease. Adding a tablespoon or two to your daily smoothie, you are replacing one meal a day with a delicious home made smoothie, right, can add antioxidants, or lignans, which can aid in balancing out hormones and provide anti-aging benefits. It’s a habit easy to learn and not hard to keep, once you start reaping the benefits.
Storage Is A Pain
Nothing could be further from the truth! One simply transfers it from the bag it is purchased in to a gallon storage bag and tosses it into the freezer to keep it fresh. That way, when you reach in to get your frozen fruit to add to the smoothie, take out your bag-o-flax and dip out a tablespoon or two of it’s golden goodness and toss it in with the other ingredients. Easy peasy! It is a low cost way to protect yourself from inflammation and disease and could even reduce the symptoms of menopause! Just by keeping it in an air proof container or ziplock bag keeps it from going rancid and affecting the efficacy of the oils found in the flax. By the way, flax can be purchased in the form of oil as well, making it even easier to add to a soup or smoothie. Whole seeds can be stored in a cool dry place for months. Either way, there is no reason not to get some in your daily diet and start enjoying the many benefits it provides.
Fact is, flax provides so many vitamins and minerals as found in an article at nutrition-and-you.com, you would be hard pressed to find a better oil or seed to add to your daily routine. The benefits far outweigh the negative ideas some folks seem to have associated with them. My hope is, after reading this post, you’ll give flax a chance and start enjoying better health!
Kim Smyth is a freelance writer from Texas, living in the DFW metroplex. She enjoys blogging about lots of topics and her Paleo lifestyle at Kimmy’s Patio. She has been writing and blogging on these subjects and more for her freelance writing business and also works part-time as a caregiver and enjoys spending time with family, playing with her two Shorkies, reading, music and occasionally lounging by the pool.