Flaxseed is the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acid (α-linolenic acid) and the phytohormone lignans of any grain.
Flax Seed is an essential source of high-quality protein and dietary fiber.
Flax Seed is a source of phenolic compounds, (antioxidant and antimicrobial properties) which help preventive infectious and degenerative diseases, inflammation and allergies. Because of the beneficial physiological effects of its components, Flax seed is considered a functional food. 1Giada Mde L Recent Pet Food Nutr Agric.2010 Nov;2(3):181-6.
As a functional food ingredient, flax or flaxseed oil has been incorporated into baked foods, juices, milk and dairy products, muffins, dry pasta products, macaroni and meat products. Goyal A1, Sharma V1, Upadhyay N1, Gill S2, Sihag M1. J Food Sci Technol. 2014 Sep;51(9):1633-53. doi: 10.1007/s13197-013-1247-9. Epub 2014 Jan 10
Flaxseed flour can be incorporated in cookies as a partial replacement up to 12% of wheat flour without negatively affecting the physical and sensory quality. The Flax Seed cinnamon raisin bagel had significantly higher flavor acceptance compared to sunflower sesame and plain bagels. Aliani M1, Ryland D, Pierce GN. .J Food Sci. 2012 Jan;77(1):S62-70.
Commercial bakeries can use these results to formulate healthy, tasty, and convenient products.