The Facts About Flax

ground flaxseed(BlackDoctor.org) — With the new attention being give to “good fats” versus “bad fats”, flaxseeds are now receiving the attention that they deserve after centuries of use by many cultures.

What Are Flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds are slightly bigger than sesame seeds, have a shiny shell and a nutty flavor. These seeds can be eaten whole, although some sources state that the nutrition contained in the seeds is more easily absorbed when eaten in a ground state.

Nutritional Content of Flax Seeds

Flaxseeds contain high levels of alpha linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an Omega-3 fatty acid that is converted by the body into eicosapentaeonic acid (EPA), the extremely healthy fatty acid found in fish oils. Due to absorption issues, if an individual chooses to use flax oil or flax seeds rather than fish oil, a higher amount of flax must be consumed in order to equal the nutritional benefits of fish oil.