It’s hard to find a more beneficial food than flaxseeds. Two tablespoons supply a quarter of your fiber for the day, stabilizing blood sugar and maintaining a clean digestive tract. Studies have shown that lignans – a compound created by the interaction of flax and our digestive enzymes – may aid in preventing breast cancer. Flaxseeds also supply a megadose of omega-3 fats, which are critical for nerve health and for regulating hormones. There’s no easier way to enjoy all these benefits than to keep a bag of whole or ground flaxseeds on hand (whole seeds can be ground in a food processor or coffee grinder). Sprinkle on yogurt or oatmeal, or into waffle and muffin batters. We like this organic brand from Bob’s Red Mill.
About $3.75 for a 24-ounce bag; look for it at your local grocery or order from www.bobsredmill.com.