Flax Seed is a Great Healthy Addition to a Diet
Flax seed comes from the same plant as the textile linen, and its use as a fiber dates back to the Stone Age, 30,000 years ago. Although likely to have been used as a food source long before, proof that flax was grown as a food plant dates to 7000 years B.C.E. in ancient Syria, as there is evidence of a domesticated flax with a higher oil content.
Today, flaxseed has become increasingly popular, and is found in all sorts of foods, from smoothies to crackers to breads, pastries and oatmeal. Many of the food uses are less obvious. Flaxseed is responsible for those high omega-3 fatty acid chicken eggs that have become popular in recent years. The use of flaxseed in all sorts of food products is growing.
There is a reason that flaxseed was popular in antiquity, why Charlemagne mandated its use among his subjects in the 8th century, and why it is becoming popular again. Medical science has just begun to prove just how beneficial flaxseed is to the human body.
Flaxseed is packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids. “Essential” is a term used for a substance that is necessary for normal health and growth of the human body, but not produced by the human body. They are an essential part of a human diet. A higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have benefits for the cardiovascular system, especially the heart itself. Flaxseed contains what is probably the healthiest ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as research has recently implied that the ratio between the two may be significant.
Recent research aside, flaxseed is a healthy addition to a diet, adding fiber as whole grains, which is one of the most difficult components to add to a balanced diet.
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