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Small but Powerful: Flaxseed





Adding ground flaxseed to your diet can offer a variety of health benefits due to its rich nutrient profile. Dietvana will share some notable health benefits:


1.High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Ground flaxseed is a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. These are essential fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Our menu plans add Omega 3 fatty acids on a daily basis.


2.Rich in Dietary Fiber: Flaxseed contains a high amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar, while insoluble fiber aids in digestion and preventing constipation.


3.Contains Lignans: Flaxseeds are a rich source of lignans, which are plant compounds that have antioxidant and estrogen properties. Lignans may help in reducing the risk of certain cancers, particularly hormone-sensitive ones like breast cancer.


4. Improves Cholesterol: Consuming flaxseed can lead to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol, thus improving overall cholesterol profile and supporting heart health.


5. Lowers Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that flaxseed can help to reduce blood pressure, which is beneficial for heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.


6. High in Quality Protein: Flaxseed is a good source of high-quality protein. For those who do not eat meat, adding flaxseed to their diet can be a good way to ensure adequate protein intake.


7. Regulates Blood Sugar: The soluble fiber in flaxseed can slow down the digestion of sugars, thus helping to regulate blood sugar levels. This can be particularly beneficial for people with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes.


Incorporating ground flaxseed into the Dietvana menu plans is easy. You can add it to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, or baked goods. Give us a call to assist you with a healthy menu plan.

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It's important to consume it in moderation and ensure adequate hydration, as the high fiber content can be difficult to digest in large amounts.


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