flax·​seed | \ ˈflak(s)-ˌsēd \

Definition of flaxseed

: the small seed of flax (especially Linum usitatissimum) used especially as a source of oil, as a demulcent and emollient, and as a dietary supplement

called also linseed

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Horwitz recommends eating fatty fish every other day; vegetarians can sprinkle walnuts or flaxseed on cereal. Kim Tranell, Redbook, "Eat These Foods to Fight Allergies," 25 Feb. 2013 Makes 25 energy bites Ingredients: 2 cups dates, pitted ½ cup tahini ¼ cup ground flaxseed2 tbsp cocoa powder Directions: In a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until well combined. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 The third type of omega-3, ALA, alpha-linolenic acid, comes from plant sources, like flaxseed and canola oil. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 Using her Great Granny Helen's recipe, Mikaila created BeeSweet Lemonade (relaunching as Me & The Bees on May 2), made with flaxseed and locally sourced wildflower honey. Connie Lin, Good Housekeeping, "An 11-Year-Old Girl Got a Contract With Whole Foods to Sell Her Homemade Lemonade," 31 Mar. 2016 Ground flaxseed on your yogurt: (1.6 grams per Tbsp) 3. Beverly Burmeier, Redbook, "How to Get Healthy Fats If You Hate Fish," 27 Jan. 2012 Fiber from flaxseed can keep us satisfied and full without contributing any calories. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss," 8 Mar. 2018 Although research is limited on this, Drew recommends consuming anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fatty fish including salmon, tuna and herring, and also from walnuts and flaxseeds. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 Those ingredients include flaxseed oil, hemp-seed oil, rice bran, black currant and coconut and grape seed oils. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of flaxseed

1562, in the meaning defined above

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flax·​seed | \ ˈflak-ˌsēd \

Kids Definition of flaxseed

: the seed of flax from which linseed oil comes


flax·​seed | \ ˈflak(s)-ˌsēd \

Medical Definition of flaxseed

: the small seed of flax (especially Linum usitatissimum) used especially as a source of oil, as a demulcent and emollient in treating inflammatory conditions of the respiratory, intestinal, and urinary passages, and as a dietary supplement

called also linseed

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