Flax seed is the seed of the flax plant, an annual herb. It has a mild, nutty taste and is often used sprinkled over hot dishes such as cooked cereal. Sprouted flax seed can be used in sandwiches or salads.
Flax seed, though most commonly known to produce linseed oil, is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 oils are known to lower the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Many fish oils are excellent sources of these fatty acids, but their distinctive taste and odor limit their applications. Flax seed also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. When ground with a liquid, flaxseedís fiber has a thickening effect, resulting in a texture similar to egg whites. Soluble fiber has been shown to have positive cholesterol lowering effects.
Flax seed can be found in health food stores and some supermarkets.