Flaxseed is an ancient grain which was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, but which is still relevant today. More recently, there has been research evidence to suggest that flaxseed might help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
These attributes come as a result of the presence of the following 3 compounds:
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids. The Omega-3s contained in flaxseed could help the cardiovascular system in various ways, including anti-inflammatory action and normalizing the heartbeat.
- Lignans. Flaxseed contains 75 – 800 times more lignans than most other plant foods. This is important because research suggests that lignans might protect against cancer by blocking enzymes involved in hormone metabolism and interfering with the growth and spread of tumour cells. In addition to this, lignans in flaxseed could help to reduce atherosclerotic plaque (plaque being deposited in the arteries) by up to 75% which is a leading cause of heart disease.
- Soluble and insoluble fiber.
With flaxseed being so easy to cook as well, I think it is only appropriate to share this recipe for a tasty, filling bacon and avocado flaxseed wrap.
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1/4 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 egg
- 2 slices of bacon
- 1/2 avocado
- Mix the ground flax seeds, baking powder and salt in a bowl
- Add the coconut oil and stir
- Beat the egg with water
- Grease a microwave safe glass (you can use butter or coconut oil) and pour in the batter.
- Microwave on high power for 2 – 3 minutes and cool for 5 minutes. If you don’t have a microwave oven, pour the mixture in a greased non-stick frying pan and cook for 4 – 5 mins. Flip over and cook the other side for a further 2 – 3 minutes.
- Fill with bacon, avocado, tomato, mayonnaise, cabbage and cheese