Flaxseed is a healthy addition to your meals. When roasted, this seed contains omega 3 fatty acids, which your body cannot produce. Eating the roasted seed regularly is a great way to add these nutrients as well as fiber and protein to your diet. They can be consumed in seed, ground or in oil form. Roasting or grinding the seed breaks the hard husk, which is very difficult to break when chewed. Flaxseed nutrients are contained in the seed, so breaking the husk will make the nutrients easier to digest. Unbroken flaxseed will simply pass through your digestive system intact and you will absorb very little of the nutritional benefits.
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1/2 cup (118 ml) of flaxseed
Method 1 of 2: Toasting the linseed in the skillet
Step 1. Place the flaxseed in a hot, dry skillet on medium heat
Step 2. Stir frequently for five to seven minutes so that it toasts and doesn't burn
Method 2 of 2: Toasting the Flaxseed in the Oven
Step 1. Place the seed in an even layer on a baking sheet
Step 2. Toast the seeds in a preheated oven at 180 °C for five to 10 minutes
Step 3. Ready
- Ground flaxseed should be stored in an opaque container in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Grind the seeds with a clean coffee grinder.
- Toast large amounts of flaxseeds and add to cereals, salads, baked goods and yogurt.
- Flaxseed contains oils and can become rancid if not stored in the fridge or freezer.
- Flaxseed increases fiber consumption; so be sure to increase your water intake when adding flaxseed to your diet.