Thursday, February 18, 2010


Spot light-Flax

Flax, if you have never tried it now may be the time. Flax can be found in most grocery stores now, in 3 forms; whole, ground or milled, and flax oil. It has a nutty flavor and can easily be added to baked goods, sprinkled on salads or mixed into sauces. Flax is rich in Omega 3's. Ground flax has 1,900 mg per tablespoon, whole flax seed has 2,600 mg and oil has 8,000 mg! Rich in antioxidants too.
Studies in health have revealed some positive results between flax and cancer, dry eyes, ADHD and menopause. In fact one study showed menopausal women that took 2 Tbs. of ground flax twice a day reduced hot flashes by 50% and the intensity of flashes decreased by 57%.
Flax should be stored in the freezer for best retention of nutrients, you can easily grind whole seeds yourself as needed.
When baking, if your recipe has at least 2 cups of flour, you can substitute 1/4 to 1/2 c with ground flax.
try cranberry flax muffins today or use it in your banana bread.

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