Dietitian Greta Farley answers your questionsQ: What is flax seed good for?
By: Greta Farley, Worthington Daily Globe
Q: What is flax seed good for?
A: Flax seed has been used for centuries as a health food. It can help lower cholesterol, prevent certain cancers, ease the pain and swelling of some types of arthritis, relieve constipation and reduce the risk of heart disease. When flax seed is consumed, it needs to be ground (or milled) in order for your body to digest it. You can either buy flax seeds that are already ground (milled) or buy whole flax seeds and grind them yourself in an electric coffee grinder. Keep in mind that once flax seed is ground, it needs to be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer. Here are some easy meal and snack ideas using ground flax seed:
• Sprinkle on a bowl of oatmeal in the morning
• Add a tablespoon to your favorite cereal
• Use in breading for chicken and pork chops
• Add to homemade waffle and pancake batter
• Serve pasta made with flax seed
• Stir flax oil into soups and smoothies
• Add to homemade bread and muffins
Q: Which multivitamin should I take?
A: Since everyone has unique nutritional needs, I cannot give an answer to this. Please ask me directly which supplements are right for you.