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16 May 2018

An introduction to linseeds

Linseed, also known as flaxseed, comes from the common flax plant which is grown in countries such as Canada, China, Russia and the United States. Linseeds can also be made into oil which adds a rich, buttery taste to salads and vegetables. It should never be heated though as it’s easily ignited into flames. Not only does this plant produce tasty seeds though, flax can also be used to produce fibre for linen.

Varieties of linseed

Linseeds are available in golden and brown, as well as a variety of shades in between. There isn’t much different in the taste or health benefits of these different seeds though, it’s just the way that they grow. So, just like red and green peppers, both are good for you!

Nutritional information

Linseeds are a valuable source of Omega-3 fatty acids, they are high in protein, plus they are a good source of iron. They’re also full of vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium and zinc.

The nutritional value of 10g of brown linseed is as follows: 50 calories, 3.6g fat, 0.3g saturates, <0.5g sugars, <0.01g salt.

Health benefits

Linseed is effective in stimulating the bowels so can aid chronic constipation. However, not only that, the range of vitamins and minerals mean they provide other health benefits too.

Omega-3 fatty acids are contained in linseeds in high amounts and fortunately this has a range of benefits. Omega 3 can help you sleep better for example, it can soothe your skin, it can lower blood pressure and it can even ease PMS. So, it seems there are many reasons to include plenty of linseeds in your diet!

Linseeds are also a good source of the mineral zinc which helps maintain the body’s cell production and, alongside vitamin A, it can even sustain eye health.

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