Why do we add Flax?

Vegan Oatmeal Bowl
Vegan Oatmeal Bowl with Ground Flax

As vegans, we work hard to ensure we are getting the right nutrients for healthy, sustainable living.  One of the more interesting facts, now that I am vegan, is that I am more conscious about where I get my nutrients.  When I was eating the Standard American Diet, I NEVER worried about how much calcium, vitamin D, omega 3, and b12 I was getting.  You know what? After looking back at my food diaries from that time, I should have been more concerned! I was not eating a balanced or nutrient dense diet.  As a vegan, I am getting adequate nutrients from a plant-based, high wholefood/starch based diet.

People always question vegans on how we get our protein, but truth be told, Vegans are living a much more nutrient dense diet than those following a Standard American Diet.  Vegans should be questioning Standard American Diet eaters on how they get their omega 3 and 6, how they get vitamin d, calcium, vitamin C and how they are reducing their cholesterol.

smoothies
Vegan Berry Banana Smoothie with Ground Flax

So, why do we add flax to our meals???

Our bodies do not naturally produce Omega 3 so we need to get it from the food we eat! Enter flaxseeds!!!  Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. So how does all that benefit us?

With the addition of flaxseeds to your meals you may see:

  • Higher fiber intake
  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Reduction of cholesterol
  • Gluten free source of omega 3
  • Antioxidant-rich
  • Digestion friendly/colon cleansing
  • Cell membrane growth
  • Controlling blood clotting
  • Metabolism increase (help with weight loss)

I hope this helps you see the importance of adding whole food ingredients that supply the body with essential nutrients to your daily meals.  So get a bag of ground flax and add it to your smoothies, oatmeal, or top your pasta or brownies with it – be creative.  Just get your daily dose to ensure you get those necessary omega 3 fatty acids!  As you create ways to incorporate flax into your meals, comment below.

XO,

Kathy

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