This is the sixth installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!
F is for Flaxseed
Flaxseeds contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans (which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities), and both soluble and insoluble fiber. According to the Flax Council of Canada, 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day is currently the suggested dose.
You can add flaxseeds to smoothies, juices, salads, waffles, pancakes, breads, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, croutons, soups and more. And you can use flaxseed oil as a salad dressing or any time oil is called for in a recipe.
Flaxseed and flaxseed oil promote health in many ways including:
- Protective effect against cancer
- Antioxidant which fights free radicals
- Lowers cholesterol
- Helps protect against heart disease and irregular heartbeat
- Improves blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics
- Helps reduce hot flashes in menopausal women
- Aids in weight loss
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Flaxseed/flaxseed oil recipes to try:
- Cabbage Salad
- Raw Zucchini Salad
- Cucumber Pear Salad with Lime Rosemary Dressing
- Savory Pumpkin Seed, Flaxseed & Onion Raw Crackers
- Raw Rosemary Flaxseed Croutons
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Flaxseed Soup
Other alkaline foods that start with F:
- Fava beans
- Fiji water