How can you incorporate flaxseed into your diet?


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Grind up and mix flaxseed into baked goods and desserts, mixseeds into yogurt, applesauce, or granola and sprinkle it on dishes as a crunchy topping. Flaxseed is rich in fiber, omega fatty acids and lignans.

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Cultivated for over 4,000 years, flaxseed is prized for its wealth of certain nutrients and potential health benefits. However, contemporary United States diets don't often include this nutrient rich seed. Those people who want to make flaxseed a regular part of their day can do so with a little creativity.

It only takes a moment to sprinkle flaxseed on top of dishes like ice cream and cereal. The seed adds a nutty flavor and crunch of its own. Other dishes to sprinkle flaxseed on, include oatmeal, fried rice and cottage cheese.

Whole flaxseed can be incorporated into smoothies, baked dishes, yogurt and applesauce. About a tablespoon of flaxseed per 6 ounces of food adds a little crunch without altering the taste of the dish.

Another option is to grind flaxseed into flax flour, or simply purchase flax flour. However, whole flaxseed retains its effective nutrients, like omega fatty acids, for longer than ground flaxseed. Buy whole seeds and grind them up to use as needed. Bakers can incorporate about 1/2 cup of flax flour in place of 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour in any bread, cake or cookie recipe.

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