Adding flax to your oatmeal will bump up your fiber and healthy fat consumption.
Flaxseeds have long been recommended as a healthy addition to any diet. Historically, flax is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world. Flaxseed has been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. The seeds were cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. Centuries later, many experts are recommending that you add flax to your diet.
Flaxseed is a rich source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber. These nutrient-rich little miracles can keep you full longer and promote satiety. One tablespoon has 37 calories from 1 gram of protein, 2 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of fat. Flax is a low carbohydrate food with nearly all of it coming from fiber. The fat is high in linoleic acid which is one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Flax seeds’ dietary fiber content aid weight control by suppressing hunger and increasing feelings of fullness. Flax is a research-proven to reduce both hunger and promote satiety. If you feel full, you will be less likely to reach for comfort foods that we often reach for while grazing between meals. It can be a great addition to your morning smoothie or oatmeal. The best part of adding it to oatmeal is both have a high amount of soluble fiber. The fiber will slow digestion which will promote satiety.
The bottom line: Flax seeds are a great source of nutrition that are naturally low in carbohydrates. The seeds are rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acids and fiber which can help lower your cholesterol and promote satiety. If you are trying to control your weight, I recommend adding it to your diet.