- Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds. In fact, linseed or “flax seed” are different names for the same seed.
- Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber; minerals like manganese, thiamine and magnesium; and plant-based protein
- Another unique fact about flaxseeds is that they are the No. 1 source of lignans in the human diets; flaxseed contains about seven times as many lignans as the closest runner-up, sesame seeds
- Flax seeds have become popular due to their high content of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and other plant compounds.
- Flaxseed is a plant-based food that provides healthful fat, antioxidants, and fiber.
- Flaxseed is a reliable source of B vitamins, a group of nutrients that are known for making your hair grow stronger and healthier at a more rapid rate.
Use one part of flaxseed flour mixed with three parts of water or other liquid to replace each egg in cakes, cookies, muffins or pancakes. For example, one egg could be replaced by 1 tablespoon of flaxseed flour mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Avoid using this substitution in baked goods that require eggs, such as egg-based yeast breads.
Substitute flaxseed flour for the oil, butter or margarine in a baked good recipe in a 3-to-1 ratio. For every 1/3 cup of fat called for, use 1 cup of flaxseed flour instead; for every 1 tablespoon of fat, substitute 3 tablespoons of flaxseed flour.
Replace up to 15 percent of white or wheat flour in a baked good recipe with flaxseed flour. Use 25 percent more yeast than the recipe calls for.