Foodie Friday: The Flax Facts
Adding a little flax to your diet may just help your heart. The seeds of this plant provide omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber, which help keep arteries flexible and free of sticky plaque.
Flaxseed has a hard hull that people can’t digest. So buy ground flaxseed instead. Most supermarkets carry it in the health food section or near the flour. Store ground seed in your freezer in a sealed plastic bag.
Try these easy ways to get ground flax into your meals:
- Add one or two tablespoons to your oatmeal or yogurt.
- Mix two to four tablespoons into four servings of chili, stew or meatloaf.
- In baking recipes that call for at least two cups of flour, replace about a quarter cup of the flour with ground flaxseed.
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