Flaxseeds are seeds of Linum usitatissimum and have been cultivated for thousands of years. Usitatissimum is a Latin word that means ‘most useful’ so one can guess how beneficial this plant has been considered since ages.
The light, nutty taste of flaxseeds makes it a popular mouth freshener in some regions and in others they are toasted and added to salads, soups, and sandwiches for that crunchy taste.
The medicinal properties of flaxseeds have been known since long. While the benefits of the seeds have been mentioned in Ayurveda, they have also been used in traditional Austrian medicine.
*Pregnant women should consult a doctor before consuming flaxseeds
Myth : Flaxseeds can’t be given to infants
Fact : Of course you can add flaxseeds to your baby’s diet; just make sure your baby is not allergic to flaxseeds. The ideal age to introduce flaxseeds to your baby’s diet is between 7-8 months.
Myth : Flaxseed is high in calories
Fact : A tablespoon of flaxseed (11 grams) contains around 50 calories, 2.5 gm of protein, 3.5 gm of fiber, 23 mg of calcium, 33 mcg of folate, and 2.5 gm of omega-3 fatty acid. Although flaxseed is over 82 percent fat, 57 percent of that is in the form of omega 3 essential fatty acid.