Heads up, healthy eaters! Here’s the facts on flax. And while it’s hard to say “flax facts” three times fast, we do love to talk about flax.
Why? Because flaxseed is one of the most important reasons why we think Nush has the healthiest pancake mix, snack cakes, and low-carb cookies out there. Here’s what makes flax so great:
Flax Fact 1: Flax is low in calories
• Nutrition specs. In 7 grams of flax, you get 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3s), 1.5 grams of protein, and 2 grams of dietary fiber. All with just 37 calories.
Flax Fact 2: Flax helps reduce inflammation
• ALA. Alpha-linolenic acid — but let’s call it ALA — is an omega-3 and one of the essential fats we have to get from food, since our bodies don’t produce it. ALA can reduce inflammation and prevent cholesterol buildup in your heart's blood vessels.
Flax Fact 3: Flax is a great source of fiber
• Fiber. Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber helps support gut health because it’s fermented by bacteria in your intestines, which supports bowel regularity. The soluble fiber slows down digestion which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Flax Fact 4: Flax helps stabilize your blood sugar
• Blood sugar. Yes, flax can help you stabilize your blood sugar! More than 20 studies show whole flaxseed can lower blood sugar and prevent insulin resistance. That’s why flax can be an important tool in helping control blood sugar if you have type 2 diabetes.
Flax Fact 5: Flax helps control your appetite
• Appetite control. Flax — because of all the fiber — is quite satiating. What does food that satiates you do? It helps you manage your weight through reduced feelings of hunger and appetite. A review of over 45 studies shows flax results in significant reductions in body weight and belly fat.
Those are some of the reasons why flax makes Nush products different, and why flax can make a difference in your diet.
But one last thought. Flax has been labeled "estrogenic" by some of our click-bait media. Those claims, however, are cutting the story short. Flax is not a xenoestrogen, an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to cancers. It is a phytoestrogen and works very differently. In fact, studies link flax to a reduction in the risk and growth of estrogenic cancers. Flax can attach to an estrogen receptor, blocking cancer-causing estrogens that fuel cancer growth. https://aacrjournals.org/
If you have any questions or comments about flax and its many superpowers, please reach out to us any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. And now, you can go back to saying “flax facts” three times fast.