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August 2002 Issue

Flaxseed Comes of Age: Good Nutrition in a Small Package

The blue-flowered flax plant (Linum usitatissimum), cultivated since ancient times, has been used for linen cloth, in paints (as linseed oil) and yes, as food. In fact, flax is becoming the oat bran of this decade—trendy, but worthy of the acclaim, because flaxseed boasts benefits incredibly numerous for such small seeds. They are chock full of health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, phytoestrogens, fiber and protein.

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