How to Add Flaxseed to Your Diet
How much flaxseed should I eat a day?
While there are no specific recommendations for flaxseed intake, 1-2 tablespoons a day is considered a healthy amount. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 37 calories, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat (includes the omega-3 fatty acids), 0.5 gram of monounsaturated fat and 2 grams of dietary fiber.
What happens if I eat flax seeds everyday?
Eating flaxseed daily may also help your cholesterol levels. The level of LDL or “bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
Can you eat raw flax seeds?
Flax seeds are safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts. Don’t consume raw or unripe flax seeds. Not only will they cause indigestion, they may also contain toxic compounds. Flaxseed supplements should be avoided during pregnancy, because they trigger hormonal side effects.
How do you eat flax seeds on a daily basis?
You can add ground flaxseed to pancake or waffle batter or to any number of baked goods, such as muffins and cakes. Some people like to sprinkle 1 tbsp of ground or toasted flaxseed into yogurt or oatmeal. Flaxseed oil can also be used in salad dressing or as a drizzle on top of roasted vegetables.
Why flaxseed is bad for you?
Adding flaxseed to the diet might increase the number of bowel movements each day. It might also cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, stomachache, and nausea. Higher doses are likely to cause more GI side effects.
What are the side effects of flaxseed?
Side effects of flaxseed include:
- allergic reactions.
- diarrhea (oil)
- intestinal obstruction.
- stomach ache.
- gas (flatulence)