Flaxseed can help you sneak more nutrition into your diet.
Heather Shasa, a registered dietitian nutritionist, says flaxseed is widely available. "Choose milled, ground, or crushed flaxseed to access its amazing nutrients."
"Flax is so fiber-packed that your gut may not like it at first," says Sauceda. She advises adding flaxseed slowly and drinking more water.
Whole flaxseeds may appear in your stool (wee!) due to their fibres, says Sauceda. "This shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't find undigested food in your poop," says Sauceda.
There's much to learn about flaxseed, including what they are, why they're healthy, and how omega-3s work.
Flaxseeds are the edible seeds of the flax plant and are used to make flaxseed oil, says Shasa. Flaxseed is rich in plant-based lignans. Lignans may reduce cell damage, inflammation, and disease risk.
What are flaxseeds?
Nutrition facts: Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed is 15 grammes and provides almost 3 grammes of protein, 3 grammes of ALA fatty acids (a plant-based omega-3) and 3.5 grammes of fibre, according to FoodData Central. Ground flaxseed has 75 calories per tablespoon.
Are flaxseeds healthy?
Flaxseeds have less omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, mackerel, and sardines, so be sceptical of label claims.