What are flax seeds?
- Flax seeds are called alsi in Hindi.
These tiny seeds come in brown and yellow variety and are full of nutrition.
- They have an earthy and nutty flavour.
- Flax seeds are best when grounded, because the nutrients of grounded seeds are easily absorbed by the body.
- To ground flax seeds, first dry roast the seeds (when roasted, these seeds give a very nice aroma and a crunchy texture is obtained). Let them cool and then grind in the mixer. Store in an air tight jar.
Culinary uses of flax seeds:
- Powdered flax seeds can be mixed in raita, buttermilk, muffins, cookies, bread, salads, gravies, roti ka atta, stuffings, etc.
Health benefits of flax seeds:
- Flax seeds are a rich source of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, dietary fiber, zinc, potassium, iron, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6.
- Flax seeds are very low in cholesterol and sodium.
- Regular consumption of flax seeds is good for skin and hair.
- It reduces blood triglycerides levels. Flax seeds are low in LDL (lipo protein or bad cholesterol) and regulate blood pressure, prevent blood clot formations.
Side effects of flax seeds:
- Because of its laxatives properties, flax seeds could lead to abdominal discomfort. People suffering from diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis should not consume flax seeds.