Flaxseed is derived from the flax plant, which also yields fibers used to make linen fabrics. The flax plant also produces flaxseed oil, which is sold in both industrial- and food-grade forms. When shopping for flaxseed, you might come across golden and brown varieties—both taste lightly nutty, but brown flaxseed has a slightly earthier flavor.
Why Eat Flax Seeds?
Flaxseed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Here’s a an easy Apple and Flax Seed Porridge Recipe that we got inspiration from The Organized Pantry.
This Apple and Flax Seed Porridge recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut free and vegan.
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs agave
- 1 cup cashew milk
To a stove top pan:
- Add 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds
- Add 1/2 cup apple sauce (we used plain)
- Add 1 tsp cinnamon
- Add 2 tbs agave (we like it sweet!)
- Add 1 cup cashew milk (we tried Forager Project)
- Place on medium high heat and continue to stir until the porridge thickens, about 10 minutes.
*note: you do not want to overheat or else the porridge will become too thick
- They rank #1 source of lignans in human diets. Flaxseeds contain about 7 times as many lignans as the closest runner-up, sesame seeds.
- King Charlemagne of the 8th century believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he demanded his loyal subjects eat the seeds and passed laws to make sure of it.
- When buying flax seeds, make sure to look for bottles and bags that have opaque packaging, as light can damage sensitive nutrients in the flaxseed and cause its oils to go rancid
- Amongst its other incredible nutrition facts, flax seeds are also packed with antioxidants. Lignans are unique fiber-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health.