Consuming seeds may go a long way in ensuring a healthy heart and weight, due to the presence of special fatty acids in them. Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be made inside the body and hence it is important that we consume these essential fats through our diet. Omega-3 fats are integral parts of the cell membranes throughout our bodies and they hence, have an impact on the function of cell receptors. They are also responsible for hormones that regulate inflammation and blood clotting in the body. This is the reason why omega-3 fatty acids are said to be beneficial against cardiovascular diseases. Nuts and seeds are some of the most common dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids, with fish and other seafood being the choice of non-vegetarians.
A number of edible seeds have become popular as dietary sources of omega-3 fats, including sunflower seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds. Among these, flaxseeds perhaps have the most wide-ranging culinary uses. Flax seeds can be added to an array of dishes, from smoothies and smoothie bowls, to breads and baked goods and even desserts and puddings. Flaxseeds are used in both whole form and ground form to add a punch of fats and fibre to these dishes and drinks. But why exactly are flax seeds so popular among the so-called ‘health nuts’?