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Are flaxseeds a fad or a superfood? An expert tells you its benefits

These benefits of flaxseeds will make you want to add them to your diet right away! Read on to find out how to consume them!
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Flaxseeds are small in size, but big on benefits! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Anupama Menon Published: 6 Mar 2022, 19:02 pm IST
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Flaxseeds, also known as common flax or linseeds, are small oil seeds that originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Lately, they have gained popularity as a superfood, and rightly so as these seeds have high content of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, fibre, and other unique plant compounds. Come, let’s find out the benefits of flaxseeds.

Here are some of the benefits of flaxseeds:

1. Improves heart health:

Flaxseeds are high in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Plant-based ALA fatty acids have been related to improved heart health and a decreased risk of stroke.

2. Has antioxidant properties

Flaxseeds contain lignans, a kind of vitamin with strong antioxidant and estrogenic characteristics.

3. High on fibre

Flaxseeds contain 29 percent carbohydrates, 95 percent of which are fibre. One tablespoon of whole flaxseeds has ample fibre, and because flaxseeds contain so much fibre, including them in your diet encourages regular bowel movements and can enhance your digestive health.

4. Plant-based protein

Flaxseeds are a strong source of plant-based protein and may be used as an alternate protein source for vegetarians and vegans.

5. Reduces appetite

Flaxseeds keep you fuller for longer and may help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite.

Flaxseeds are flexible and may simply be added into your everyday diet.

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Flaxseeds can be included in multiple ways to your diet. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how to add the benefits of flaxseeds through your diet:

1. By combining them with water and consuming it as part of your normal fluid intake

2. Adding crushed flaxseeds to hot or cold morning cereal

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3. Put them in your favourite yoghurt

4. Incorporate them into smoothies to thicken the consistency

5. Using them as an egg substitute in water

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About the Author

Anupama Menon, Nutritionist and Food Coach has an experience of 20 years in the industry of nutrition, wellness and counselling. She successfully runs 2 wellness-oriented businesses related to niche counselling programs for individuals and health solution based programs for corporates. Her years of experience began with her various stints of individual practice in the U.S.A, setting up of and running the nutrition departments of Golds Gyms in Bangalore and then moved onto her identifying and molding her brand “Anupama Menon” and founding the company “Right Living” that works exclusively for corporates.Anupama Menon is a regular contributor of self-authored articles and thought contributor to various publications. Her individual practice which started off modestly inBangalore with a small segment of clients in 2010, today expands across the globe with over 5000 clients in India, Australia, USA, UK, HongKong, Singapore and UAE.She runs her practice out of Bangalore and Mumbai, while her team of 15 nutritionists and supervisors executes well defined programs across India to various corporates, Northern Trust, Snap Fitness, Ernst & Young to name a few. She co-founded Right Living in 2015 with her partner Subba K in Bangalore. ...Read More

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