5 Amazing Benefits of Flaxseeds for the Whole Family (Babies, Kids & Adults)
5 Amazing Benefits of Flaxseeds for the Whole Family (Babies, Kids, Adults)
by: Tiny Sprouts Foods
Medically Reviewed by: Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN
Tiny but mighty, flaxseeds offer a multitude of amazing benefits for the whole family. Yes, that means your kids can safely consume and benefit from flaxseeds in their diet from the day they take their first bite! From supporting the immune system, to building brain function and digestive health, these nutrient dense seeds are a powerful source of protein, fats, vitamins, and other essential goodies to help the body thrive.1,2 They are an easy addition to any diet - simply add into almost any food or beverage! Let us take a deeper look into exactly how flaxseeds can benefit your entire family.
Flaxseeds are the seeds from a pretty blue flowering herb grown in colder climates. It is a plant-based food, commonly referred to as a superfood. Being a superfood means it over-indexes on it's nutrient-density making it a highly nutritious and "health-giving" food.
Whole vs. Milled Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds can also be found either in a whole seed or in a milled (ground) form that looks like a coarse powder. It is best to consume flaxseeds in their milled form as it is more easily digested by the body allowing us to better absorb and utilize the powerful nutrients found within the flaxseeds.3,4 Once they are milled, they should be stored in a refrigerator or freezer for optimal freshness.
Brown vs. Golden Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds can be a brown or golden color. Both varieties have slight differences in their nutrition and taste; brown flaxseeds offer slightly higher macronutrients (more protein, fat and carbohydrates) as well as more antioxidants than golden flaxseeds. Brown flaxseeds are also slightly nuttier in taste compared to the milder flavor of golden flax.16
Medically Reviewed by:
Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN is a pediatric & maternal registered dietitian, nutrition consultant for Tiny Sprouts Foods, and owner of Milestones Pediatric & Maternal Nutrition. Her goal is to help transition women into motherhood and then continue to support them and their children as they grow. Learn more about nutrition for your family at www.milestonesnutrition.com.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is based on the experience of the author and science-based research. It is not intended to replace medical advice or diagnosis from a physician or other medical provider. This blog is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any suggestions discussed in this blog. It is important to talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician prior to starting any new medications or supplements.
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