Flaxseed, also known as linseed, is a tiny, golden or brown-colored seed that comes from the flax plant. Flaxseeds are a rich source of fiber, healthy fats, lignans, and other nutrients. They have been used for thousands of years as both food and medicine.
Flaxseeds can be used in many ways, including:
- Ground flaxseed can be added to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, or baked goods for added nutrition and fiber.
- Flaxseed oil can be used in salad dressings or as a healthy fat in cooking.
- Whole flaxseeds can be used to make crackers or added to granola mixes.
- Flaxseed can also be used as an egg substitute in vegan baking, by mixing ground flaxseed with water.
It's important to note that flaxseeds should be ground or milled in order to be properly digested and to obtain the full nutritional benefits. Whole flaxseeds can pass through the digestive tract undigested. Additionally, it's important to store flaxseeds in a cool, dry place and use them within a few months to prevent them from going rancid.