If you are trying to lose weight and have been put off by the cost of certain healthy foods perhaps Flaxseed is the solution.
According to research undertaken at Harvard University those who eat 3-4 tablespoons of the seed were able to lose 37% more weight than those who did not.
Where does Flaxseed come from?
Flaxseeds originate from the Linum usitatissimum plant and are often called linseeds.
They have a nutty flavour and can be easily added to a variety of dishes once ground.
Your body will not be able to digest them whole so you will need to grind them before consumption to experience their benefits.
How can Flaxseed aid weight loss?
Flaxseeds are full of dietary fibre, in fact 32% of your daily fibre content if you eat one quarter cup.
One type of fibre that it contains is insoluble fibre that can add bulk to your food, therefore reducing your overall calorie intake.
It also contains soluble fibre that once comes into contact with water will expand, leading to feelings of fullness.
Are the weight loss benefits of Flaxseed proven?
The weight loss benefits of Flaxseed were shown in the journal ‘Appetite’ that was published in April 2012.
During a study subjects were either given a flax drink or tablet after an overnight fast, while another group did not receive either.
The results were that those who received the flax supplements experienced a sensation of fullness with fewer overall calories consumed compared to the group who did not take a supplement.
Other health benefits of Flaxseed?
Weight loss is not the only benefit of Flaxseed, it can also help to reduce your risk of suffering heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even cancer.
How to add Flaxseed to your diet?
It is easy to add Flaxseed to your diet. Here are some examples:
- Stir ground Flaxseed into your morning oatmeal
- Add them to baked food
- Blend them into a green smoothie
- Coat a chicken breast with ground Flaxseed
- Stir into a yoghurt
Where to buy Flaxseed?
There are various places that you can buy Flaxseeds. You should be able to buy them in your local health food shop or online from the Vitamin Shoppe website.
Prices start from just $4.99 for a pack of 16oz seeds, which is incredibly affordable for the benefits that Flaxseeds can provide.