Linseed, also known as flaxseed, is the richest source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. It contains 50 to 50 percent omega 3s, almost twice as much as is contained in fish oil. Because it comes from a plant source, it is perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets, although it benefits everybody. Linseed/flaxseed oil differs from most vegetables oils in that it provides linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid, both of which are needed by the body and must be obtained through the diet.
This tiny seed is a powerhouse of nutrition and a fantastic form of insoluble fibre, particularly effective at cholesterol regulation and hormone balancing.
One way to use these is to soak the linseed first, then put one heaped dessert spoonful of seeds into a glass, cover with water and leave overnight. Add the swollen seeds and water to a drink such as fruit juice or a smoothie, or to your cereal or yogurt, or drink it on its own. You can also just sprinkle on your cereal or pop in a salad.
Ingredients Organic brown linseed
Av. Per 100g
Energy (kj) 2118 Protein (g) 18.3 Fat Total (g) 42.2 Fat Saturated (g) 3.6 Carbohydrate (g) 28.9 Sugars (g) 1.6 Sodium (mg) 30
Serving Size (g) 15