Know The Flax: A Little Seed May Be What Your Diet Needs
Adding seeds to your diet can be an easy way to shore up your defenses against heart risks without adding too much work to meal prep.
Many types of seeds can be valuable as part of a healthy diet – commonly added as a snack or add-on to salads or desserts – because they are rich in nutrients. You also can find seeds baked into breads or crackers, or even in some fruits and vegetables.
Flaxseed and chia seeds, in particular, have been linked to good heart health because their nutrients pack a powerful punch.
“Flaxseeds or chia seeds offer good sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which are unsaturated fatty acids that convert to omega-3 fatty acids typically found in fish,” said Linda Van Horn, a registered dietitian and