You might remember my Tropical Traditions review on the coconut oil. I am still a fan and love trying out new things from Tropical Traditions. The variety of products that they carry is immense. I would like to speak about Flaxseed today that I had won from a giveaway that I entered on another blog. I get the pleasure of offering my readers a giveaway for the same Flaxseed product that I received.
I enjoyed this product very much. Especially as of recent, I am always looking for ways to improve my diet and incorporating new foods that offer health benefits and overall improve my well being. I'm turning over a new leaf and make every effort to eat better and be healthier.
I've tried all different kinds of foods and supplemental pills in the past couple of months. To be honest, there's not a lot of them that I stand behind. The Flaxseed fits right into my daily food schedule and knowing the health benefits, I feel great about including it into my diet. They are similar to the seeds that are on hamburger buns but slightly larger. They don't really have a strong taste at all. It was interesting looking for foods that I can include the Flaxseed in as part of my everyday diet. I bake my own bread and can include some flaxseed in the recipe. If I eat a salad or marinara/pasta, I sprinkle some flaxseed on top. I even make myself flaxseed, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They virtually have no taste so the only thing you have to get used to is the texture of the crunchy seeds in the food that you are putting them in. If you are including them into a textured food, it's not as apparent, but for instance, with the creamy peanut butter sandwich, the texture of the flaxseed is much more apparent. I personally like the added flavor and texture of the flaxseed into my food. Here's my flaxseed, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Yummo.
I don't want to misquote the facts so here they are straight from the site:
Flax (Linum usitatissimum) is a beautiful blue flowered plant grown on the plains of Central Canada and the North Central United States. Modern research has taken great interest in flaxseed. Study after study confirms that the oil and fiber components of flaxseed have wonderful health benefits.
- Flaxseed has a high ratio of Linolenic (Omega-3) to Linoleic (omega-6) fatty acids. While many other plant seeds contain a higher ratio of omega-6 fats, flaxseed is the one of the few seeds that contains a much higher ratio of the essential omega-3 fats.
- Flaxseed oil is one of the richest sources of OMEGA-3 fatty acid, Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID (EFA). This fatty acid is considered essential, meaning that your body cannot make it but requires it and so must derive all of it from the diet. The average American diet is lacking in this fat. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One serving of Organic Whole Flaxseed provides 9 grms of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
- Golden Flaxseed is unique in that 48% of its total fat content is omega-3 fatty acids.
- Flaxseed contains very high amounts of DIETARY FIBER, both SOLUBLE and INSOLUBLE. Golden Flaxseed is 28%-35% fiber, 1/3 of which is soluble, and the other 2/3 insoluble. Soluble fiber also plays an important role in maintaining the “good bacteria” in our bowel, like Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. Insoluble fiber increases the bulk of stools.
- Flaxseed is an outstanding source of many essential nutrients, including: proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, folate, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, iron, thiamine, copper, zinc, calcium and phosphorus.
There you have it, they are great for you and so easy to fit into your diet. Now for the fun part...
One lucky reader will win their own Flaxseed
Here's the links you'll need for entries:
Tiff's Pixie Dust
Tropical Traditions Newsletter
Contest will end 02-21-11 23:59 ET. Winners will have 2 days to respond, unless another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.