Arrowhead Mills Organic Golden Flax Seeds have a nutty flavor and are great on Ezekiel cereal, Creamy Buckwheat and in smoothies. Some products such as Uncle Sam cereal and Mary’s Gone Crackers already contain flax, but it does not hurt to add more.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they have to not just eat their veggies but eat their flax seeds as well! Flax seeds are one of those powerhouse foods that provide not only a lot of fiber, but protein, iron and calcium as well.
Since I’ve been feeling rather anemic myself lately, I decided it’s time to “beef up” my flax intake. Ironically, that’s one of the benefits of flax seeds. It’s a vegetarian source of protein and iron!
But when shopping for flax, how do you know whether you should buy golden flax seeds or brown flax seeds? Also, should you buy ground or whole flax seeds?
For my review, I tried the golden flax seeds by Arrowhead mills. I purchased them at Whole Foods Market.
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about flax:
No. 1: Should I grind flax seeds for the best nutritional benefit: Yes. I took a 1 Tablespoon of golden flax seeds and added them to a protein shake in the blender. Evidently the omega fatty acids inside the flax seeds are better assimilated by the body when they are ground up.
No. 2: Should I opt for golden flax seeds or brown flax seeds?: I prefer the taste of the golden flax seed, but the nutritional value of the brown and gold are so similar that it seems pointless to worry about it beyond taste preference.
No. 3: How many calories are in Arrowhead Mills Organic Golden Flax Seeds?: One serving or 3 T has 160 calories, but I usually have only 1 T in a smoothie.
No. 4: What is the nutritional information for Arrowhead Mills Organic Golden Flax Seeds?: 10 grams of fat, 10 mg sodium, 9 grams of fiber, no sugar, 8 grams of protein, 135 mg potassium. It also contains 10 percent iron, 6 percent calcium.
No. 5: What are some ways to eat flax seeds? I like to use the Arrowhead Mills Organic Golden Flax Seeds in smoothies, but you can also use them on bread, in cereal or in flax apple muffins. Try mixing them in a bowl with creamy buckwheat topped with organic maple syrup or with oatmeal and cut up apples and brown sugar. They hide nicely in meatloaf or as a crust on fish or chicken. Some people like them on crackers with hummus.
I like to store flax seed in the freezer, but you don’t have to.
Some of the health benefits of flax seeds that I’ve read about include lowering blood cholesterol, decreasing stress and regulating blood sugar levels. Golden flax seeds are said to contain 27 cancer preventative compounds. Golden flax is high in omega-3 fats which are also found in fish.
For my review of Arrowhead Mills Organic Golden Flax Seeds, I give it 4.8 out of 5 stars for nutrition. I think it’s important to grind the seeds or put them in a blender to get all of the nutritional benefits. They also help you feel satisfied longer.
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