Flax, Fiber and Good Health

June 29th, 2012   •   No Comments   

by CathyK

All kinds of food fiber will help to keep the hungries at bay, but did you know that it takes less flax to accomplish the same thing?

Appetite journal presented studies where folks consumed a flax drink or capsule containing 2.5 grams soluble fiber in the place of breakfast – they were 30% less full 2 hours later than those who received the placebo. Other forms of fiber may take 5-12 or so grams to do the same thing.

In addition to its fabulous fiber content, flax contains certain B vitamins, C and E, trace minerals and lignins, which makes it a good cancer-prevention food. It also will help flush excess estrogen out of the body. From a health standpoint, it supports the heart, brain, skin, and colon, but also can help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Flax can be ground up (or not) and added to yogurt, smoothies, or cereals. Another favorite way to get your daily intake of flax fiber is to add both the ground and seed forms to dehydrated crackers made with left over vegetable juicing pulp. They have the same consistency and flavor as other high-carb crackers and they’re naturally gluten-free!

Once you use flax you’ll never go back – the only downsides are its tendency to go rancid quickly and it should not be heated.

 

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