Flaxseeds are excellent for your health, and after you read these facts about flax, you’ll find them to be some pretty interesting little seeds too. I see them as little magical seeds with so many wonderful properties. Flaxseeds are rich in fiber, hormone balancing phytoestrogens, healthy Omega 3 fats and more. They’re also great to bake with. Check out these fast facts about flax and get a new appreciation for this sweet little seed.
1. One and the Same
One of the facts about flax most people don’t know is that flaxmeal and milled or ground flax are actually the same thing. Both are interchangeable in a recipe, and excellent to bake with.
2. Easy to Make
Speaking of ground and milled flax, it is nothing more than ground-up flax seeds that you make at home! All you need to do is take whole flaxseeds and grind them into flaxmeal in a coffee grinder. You need to grind flax to reap the heart healthy benefits from it. The nutrients in whole flax can’t be absorbed into the body like those in chia seeds can, so eat it ground or grind it before use.
3. Hard to Find
Most people say they can’t find flaxseeds at the store if they’ve never bought them before. This is because they are hiding on an aisle you wouldn’t think to look for healthy food: the baking aisle! You can usually find flaxmeal/flaxseeds in the baking aisle or cereal aisle, or it could even be in the bulk foods section of your grocery store. Be sure to check all these places before giving up on finding it.
4. Keep It Safe
Flax is one delicate seed. It doesn’t like air or light, which can cause it to go rancid. Store it in your fridge or freezer in a colored package or container to keep the light away from it. It will keep in the fridge tightly sealed for 6 months and in the freezer one year.
5. Low Carb
Flaxmeal only has 1 net carb and it has tons of fiber. You can use flaxmeal in place of flour in low carb baking recipes. The fat content will go up, but the net carbs will be much lower than that of flour.
6. Great for Constipation
Flaxseed is a great remedy for constipation. It contains 4 grams of fiber per two tablespoons! Be sure to always drink extra water if you're eating flax products, and if you have any intestinal discomfort, start with a lower amount of flax and increase gradually.
7. There’s More than One Kind
You have two color choices when it comes to pretty little flaxseeds: dark brown and golden. Both are nutritionally equal, but dark brown flax tastes nuttier and golden flax has a sweeter taste, making it my personal favorite. I like to use golden flax for a prettier appeal, but pick whichever one you want and mix them together if you like.
8. By Any Other Name
In other parts of the world, you’ll hear people refer to flax as linseed and it is a part of the popular combination LSA, which contains linseeds (flaxseeds), sunflower seeds and almonds ground together.
9. Hormone Friendly
Flaxseeds are one of the best sources of phytoestrogens, which aid in hormonal health when estrogen levels are low. If you suffer from PMS or menopause, add flax to your diet, but if you suffer estrogen dominance, be sure to watch how you much flax you eat since it could drive you into estrogen overload.
Flaxseeds are excellent for your skin too! Their fats and fiber help to keep your insulin levels stable, which is key to balancing your mood and blood sugar. I love them on yogurt, oatmeal, in smoothies, on salads, and in homemade energy bars. Do you eat flaxseeds?