Good day to you readers!
For this curious post I would like to share with all of you a rather funny mistake that we have been consuming (yes you can consume a mistake as you will see!) and the solution for this mistake.
Anyone heard of Flaxseed? The flaxseed is a wonderful cereal free grain that is small, darkly colored, and rather oily (for a grain that is). It is highly nutritious and contains high amounts of lignan, and a compound known as Phytoestrogen. These two components are extremely beneficial to our bodies, and studies have shown that they may help prevent breast cancer.
|Flax seeds are a super food!|
Flaxseed contains over forty percent oil (Wow!) which is almost comparable to the oil found in peanuts and pistachios. However flaxseed oil does contain something else that peanuts and pistachios don’t, and that is the high amount of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is an essential omega-3 fatty acid! Flaxseed is the only grain that contains high amounts of both lignan, and this omega-3 fatty acid, along with other important acids that can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease (heart attack).
|Whole flax seed = 0 nutrients…
Ground up flax seed = numerous nutrients!
Okay so now that you have all that information under your belt, I will tell you our little mistake. We have been consuming whole, raw flaxseed for a long time now (around a year maybe…) for its amazing health benefits, only to stumble upon some information in my science book which stated something like this: Unmilled flaxseed is indigestible, and can pass through the body without giving it any nutrition or health benefits. Woopsy daisy!!! Did it really say that?!
Not long after discovering this “helpful information”, I stated the facts to Mom, and you can imagine her reaction; “WHAT? You mean we were eating those seeds this whole time, and they didn’t do a thing? No, no there has to be some way they could have been beneficial, like … fiber!” (me) “No Mom, sorry, we’ve been eating a mistake this whole time. No it really wasn’t doing anything accept going along for the ride through our systems…”
Now what we are doing about this silly mistake is to buy ourselves some milled flaxseed and use it in our homemade bread, sprinkle crushed flaxseed on our salads, pancakes, and (my favorite) oatmeal. There are many more ways to use this curious wonderful grain, in more ways than one, and I would encourage you all to stop making our mistake (if there are some of you who have) and invest some effort into this grain that is truly a help to our bodies, and a blessing from our heavenly Father.
Enjoy your own discoveries!
Blessings to you all,
Jessica Boyer (the eldest singer)