The Paleo List Answers:Is Flaxseeds Paleo?
Looking for a healthy and Paleo-approved way to up your Omega-3 intake? In addition to consuming sustainably caught wild fish (like salmon), many people look to flaxseeds as a healthy supplement. It is also high in fiber, which is something vegetable-haters might be missing. Let’s take a look; is flaxseed Paleo?
What Are Flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds are small (tiny, really) brown or golden seeds, about the size of sesame seeds, commonly called flax, but also called linseeds. Before flax became a huge fiber sensation in the western world, it was used to make linens and textiles around the world. These seeds are high in fiber and one form of omega-3 fatty acids called ALA. They are grown throughout the world, and cultivated primarily for their oil, and secondly as a fiber supplement.
Are Flaxseeds Paleo?
Yes! Flaxseeds are Paleo! However, if you’re consuming enough fish, fish oil, or other forms of whole Omega-3s (primal – grass-fed butter is a great source of O3), you probably don’t need to add flaxseed to your diet. If you do need it, just remember a few key things. You must grind the flaxseeds before consumption because the outer coating will probably help the seed pass right through you without breaking down. This means you won’t be able to absorb any of the beneficial compounds. Secondly, buying already ground flaxseed isn’t always a good solution; pre-ground seeds can go rancid, so your best benefits come by grinding the seeds yourself and eating them sooner rather than later. Be sure to refrigerate the ground seeds in a sealed container. Finally, according to recent research (check out the post on Mark’s Daily Apple), if you’re at risk for prostate cancer, consider foregoing or limiting flaxseeds as they may increase your risk.
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