Sometimes gluten-free foods need a little extra nutritional oomph. Crunchy nutty flavor works well in cereals, yogurt, salad toppings, and incorporated into breads and muffins. Flaxseed is the answer. As WebMd.com reports, "Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In 8th century France, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, thirteen centuries later, some experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected. (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed)
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:
> Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
> Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
> Fiber, Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types."
Hodgson Mill makes milled flax seed in both a bulk box and smaller individual travel packets which make it easy to pump up the nutrition away from home when eating in restaurants. Their website provides all the details and can be found on their website: http://www.hodgsonmillstore.com/en/gluten-free/milled-flax-seed-71518-01015-001_group)
According to Hodgson Mill you can, "...enjoy its light nutty flavor in fruit smoothies, sprinkled over soup, or substitute a portion of the flour, oil or eggs in baked goods with milled flax seed. Each serving provides 2600mg of vital Omega-3 Oils, and it is produced on dedicated equipment in a gluten free environment." Just two tablespoons of milled flax seed on your morning cereal or lunchtime salad can help increase your daily nutrition, improve your health, and maintain your budget.
Little flax seeds... big health benefits.