Flaxseed doesn’t possess the same glamorous looks as other “superfoods”, but don’t be fooled by its homely exterior. In fact, tiny flaxseeds are endowed with a health-promoting entourage and have reached superstar status, nutritionally speaking.
First and foremost, flax is the best known source of an omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This attribute alone gives flax real heal appeal! The powers of omega-3 fatty acids include helping to reduce inflammation in your body, balance blood sugar, boost your mood and even protect your memory.
But the allure doesn’t stop there. Flaxseed is also the richest source of lignans, a group of phytonutrients that help to reduce excess estrogen in the body that can contribute to cellular mutations in the breast and colon. In fact, flax contains 500 times more lignans than culinary counterparts like wheat bran, rye, buckwheat and oats.
Last but not least, flax is a natural internal cleanser. It’s rich in insoluble fiber which acts like a broom, cleaning out your digestive tract and promoting healthy cholesterol levels in your body.
Get More Healthy Omega-3s in Your Diet with Flaxseed
Fat is not the nutritional villain it has been made out to be. Some fats – like omega-3 fatty acids – you simply cannot live without. That’s why we use a heaping portion of organic flaxseed powder in every Better Bread Mix and Sinless Cinnamon Roll Mix– enough that it’s considered a “good source” of an omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic-acid ( ALA ).
But what you’ll really fall in love with is the taste. You won’t believe breads and treats this good can be this good for you.
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