Nutrition Tips : What Is Ground Flaxseed Used For?

Nutrition Tips : What Is Ground Flaxseed Used For?


My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian and I’m going to talk to you about what ground flaxseed is used for. The primary
reason ground flaxseed is used by most people is as a source of omega three fatty acids.
This is important particularly for vegetarians or vegans who don’t want to use fish or fish
oil as a source of omega three, and they still need to have them in their diet, so they’ll
use ground flaxseed. Other people will use ground flaxseed also to get omega three, but
in addition they’ll use it for the extra fiber. Flaxseed is very high in fiber, so for example
somebody who is trying to work on lowering their LDL cholesterol, wants as much fiber
as they can get. So often they will use ground flaxseed. They’ll sprinkle it on their food
just to actually increase their fiber content. The nice thing with ground flaxseed is it
can be added to just about anything. You can use it raw or you can use it cooked. So if
you wanted to have it say for example with yogurt, you could add a tablespoon, mix it
in with your yogurt, you can sprinkle it on your salads. You can actually even bake with
it. So for example if somebody was going to bake a batch of muffins, they could substitute
a half a cup of their flower with half a cup of the ground flaxseed and then continue on
with the rest of their recipe, and that would just be a good way to increase your fiber
content as well as include a little extra omega three fatty acids in your diet.

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