Grind It Up With Ground Flaxseed
In addition to walnuts, pistachios, and almonds, flaxseed is a wonderful source of healthy fats and ALA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that helps with weight loss, reduces the risk of heart disease by promoting blood vessel health and reducing inflammation within the body. One cup of ground flaxseed has an outstanding forty-eight grams of healthy fat that is unsaturated, and an individual only requires one to two tablespoons to reap all the benefits! Ground flaxseed, in particular, is a great option for vegetarians or those who do not eat fish to meet their daily needs of omega-3 fatty acids as well.
Flaxseed also contains a whopping 800 times more lignans than other plant-based foods, such as tofu and soy, and these plant-based foods contain estrogen and antioxidant properties that may help to prevent certain types of cancer. Although it is great for women, be forewarned though that men need to be mindful when consuming foods that contain natural amounts of estrogen in it! Lastly, ground flaxseed also has insoluble and soluble fiber that makes an individual feel fuller for longer, as well as helps to decrease LDL cholesterol levels and promote an overall healthier heart. Add a bit of ground flaxseed to yogurt, oatmeal, or in a smoothie for the ultimate healthy fat concoction!