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June 2012
Flawless Flax!
Shruti Murugan
 
Linen, a popular and common fabric that India uses for its sunny, tropical weather comes from a natural fabric that is three times as strong as cotton, flax. Flax is known to be one of the oldest crops in the world and was extensively used in ancient Egypt. Grown very easily, this plant has a number of uses.

Flax Wellness
Linen sheets help people fall asleep faster. And this sleep is guaranteed to be deeper, leaving you more refreshed upon waking. Time to replace that jar of Chamomile and that strip of Calmpose with new LINEN! Flax seeds produce a vegetable oil called linseed oil, one of the components in linoleum. It is used in the manufacture of paints and varnishes too.

No Missing It In Your Diet
  • When it comes to consumption of flax as food, you absolutely must include it in your daily diet. Flaxseed can add flavour, texture and nutrients to almost any food
  • Flax is very high in fibre and helps to stabilise blood sugar levels.
  • Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making it a girl’s best friend after diamonds.
  • Flaxseed is also known to have properties that can decrease the risk of heart disease, prevent cancer, reduce the growth of tumours, regulate bowel functions and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, asthma and Parkinson’s disease.
Nutrient Guide
(one tablespoon of flaxseeds)
  • Calories 35 to 40
  • Protein 1.6
  • Carbohydrate 2.8 g
  • Fat 2.8 g
  • Fibre 2.5 to 8 g
  • Sodium 3 mg
Get Creative - Flax It All Up!
  • Mix flaxseed in your atta and in idli and dosa batter.
  • Make a tasty chutney powder withroasted flaxseed, garlic, dry red chilies, tamarind, some jaggery, jeera, roasted curry leaves and salt to taste.
  • Sprinkle ground flaxseed on cereal, oatmeal, yoghurt, salads, coleslaw, sauces, soups and stews. Also sprinkle as coating on fish or chicken before oven-frying.
  • Add whole flaxseeds to muffins, cookies and cakes.


    
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