My family has experimented with all kinds of nut and seed meals to figure out what makes our eating experiences joyful and satisfying. One of the most satisfying ingredients has been flaxseeds and flaxseed meal. They are filling and give a convincing grain texture to baked goods. On top of everything else it is an extremely nutritious ingredient.
There are two basic types of flaxseeds–brown and golden. The brown have a stronger, nuttier flavor than the milder golden seeds.
Flax has been cultivated for more than a millenium, with the first evidence of the plant dating back 30,000 years. Fibers from the plant are used to make fabric and fine linens. The seeds are typically eaten whole or ground into a meal. This meal is the reason you are reading about flaxseeds right now. We use golden flaxseed meal when we add flaxseed to Grain Free Haven products.
Flaxseeds have four main components that are beneficial to the smooth functioning of our human bodies: omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and lignans.
–Omega 3 fatty acids help support a healthy cardiovascular system by reducing internal inflammation.
–The protein in the seeds and meal help synthesize the fatty acids in your body and give you energy to move all day long. If you need to increase your protein intake and not interested in eating a big steak, then have a spoonful of flaxseeds!
–Fiber, as we all know, is necessary to help our bodies absorb vitamins and nutrients. People often rely on grains to consume a sufficient amount of fiber to keep their digestive system working smoothly. Such a high level of fiber in flaxseeds makes them a logical grain free source of it.
–Lignans are often found in high fiber foods and further contribute to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseeds. They have also shown promise, through the consumption of flaxseeds, in reducing the effects of menopause and pre-menopausal symtoms (like reducing hot flashes – yay!).
Our Power Buns and Loaves are made from a combination of coconut flour and golden flaxseed meal. They can be paired with any “meal” (see what I did there :-)) and definitely fill you up. More products are coming up with flaxseed meal, as we rotate some of our other recipes at the weekly markets.
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