Fatty acids are actually good for you, as long as they’re the right ones

Adding one tiny thing can positively change the balance of your diet, and that one tiny thing is flax seed.

Kristi Peterson, Writer

Do you ever feel like you are not getting a fully balanced diet eating in the Caf? Do you feel like it’s hard to get all of your vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids? Do you know what Omega-3 fatty acids are? Adding one tiny thing can positively change the balance of your diet, and that one tiny thing is flax seed.

Flax seeds are not technically a grain, but they do carry many of the same qualities such as vitamins and minerals. It tops grains by the amount of fiber, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also extremely low in carbohydrates, which helps limit the intake of starch and sugar. The combination of healthy fat and high fiber content will make anyone feel better if they add these tiny seeds to their diet.

As mentioned above, flax seeds are rich with Omega-3 fatty acids. This is a good and healthy kind of fat to put in your body. About.com states that “mounting evidence shows that inflammation plays part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and even some cancers. This inflammation is enhanced by having too little Omega-3 intake (such as fish, flax and walnuts), especially in relation to Omega-6 fatty acid intake (in such oils as soy and corn oil).”

It is also high in fiber which stabilizes blood sugar and promotes a healthy functioning in the intestines. In addition, it is high in phytochemicals, coupled with multiple antioxidants.
“It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances which tend to balance female hormones,” according to About.com.

Flax seeds are easy to add to ones diet in the form of flax seed corn chips, or just buying some and adding them into whatever you are eating. They are small and have a somewhat nutty taste. To promote a healthy body and functioning insides, add more of these tiny seeds to your diet and start feeling better about your body.

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