Flax seed is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, but it's important to remember to consume flax seed in its ground form, as opposed to its whole form. Find out how to utilize the benefits of flax seed with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on nutrition and flax seed.
Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian here in Tampa Bay, Florida. I'm going to give you a little bit of information on the flaxseed and how to really utilize its benefits. Flaxseed more and more has been up and coming as far as its health benefits for us and reducing our risk for other health diseases. Fla seed is high in fiber and high in omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to help lower triglycerides and help increase our HDL which is the good cholesterol in our body. Now, to utilize this flaxseed, really the best form is in its ground form. If we eat it whole, for instance, sprinkle as a whole seed on a salad or maybe even in a sandwich, our body actually passes the seed completely through without being utilized whatsoever, and part of that is just because of its high fiber content. Now, when you actually can grind it up, whether you've decide to buy the whole seeds and grind them in a food processor or you can buy it in a powdered ground form, then, add this to say, cereals or even baked products, it's easily blended into a lot of things and then, you actually get the full benefit of the fiber and those omega-3 fatty acids. There's also some flaxseed butters; just kind of like other nut spreads that's again can go on a sandwich or on a waffle in the morning; also an easy way to utilize the full benefits of flaxseed. Now, it's an excellent thing to add to any healthy diet and again, if you want to get it in different forms, just remember the ground way is the best way to go. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.